Urban Encounters Conference at Tate Modern and Goldsmiths University

Maude-Roxby, Alice and Seibold, Stefanie (2016) Urban Encounters Conference at Tate Modern and Goldsmiths University. In: Urban Encounters, 3rd-6th November 2016, Goldsmiths University and Tate Modern.

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Abstract / Summary

Sapphic Modernists - Re-visiting Elizabeth McCausland and Berenice
Abbott’s Changing New York
Within our research of female/sapphic collaborations of Modernity, a perpetual process of ‘erasure’ or the ‘writing out of art history’ of female collaborators is exposed. One such example is evident through analysis of the 1939 publication of Berenice Abbott’s photographs in Changing New York which has been acknowledged as a key contribution to urban photographic history. Little or nothing is known of the fact that all
of the original captions for Changing New York were deemed not fit for publication and that the innovative spatial text-image design devised by Berenice Abbott and Elizabeth McCausland was rejected. Instead the publishers insisted on a very conservative approach to design and the blandness of the published captions read activate Berenice
Abbott’s photographs much like a guide book to the city. We found the complete set of original captions to the book, written by Elizabeth McCausland, a communist and socially engaged journalist and long-time partner of Berenice Abbott. These highly critical texts act to place the photographs directly into the larger political and social
context of the 1930s Depression in USA. The original attempt and idea for the book by Abbott and McCausland was intended to acknowledge both formats, text and photography, as equal in terms of activating meaning production and/or tools for critical reflection. The book was intended as a critical reflection on the harrowing social conditions and inequalities of the 1930s in New York City.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects: Arts > Photography
Depositing User: Alice Maude-Roxby
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 10:21
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:07
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/2071


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