Paris and New York. Two cities whose names are synonymous with passion and beauty. Both of these cities were extensively photographed during their golden ages and the results produced some of the most striking iconic images in the history of photography. The two artists who carried out this world renowned work were linked together in a very special way, yet up to now their story has never been told. The images that they took helped establish the medium as a modern art form, and brought realism to the forefront of creative thinking.
Our film explores the life and work of both Abbott and Atget, how they were linked and how their extensive work represents the birth of urban photography. Both of their lives were difficult and passionate. This film of their joint achievements is a fitting tribute to their work and also a detailed look at the cities that inspired them.
Interviews include Abbott's biographer/friend, Hank O'Neal, Mark Haworth-Booth, Curator of Photography at the V&A in London and Guillaume LeGall, Curator of Photography at BNF, Paris. We also include rare interview footage with Berenice Abbott, taken shortly before her death. The full access to both artists archives has been used in the film along with original footage of both Paris and NYC, including a rare time-lapse shot taken from the top of the Empire State Building. (Permission to film from the Empire State is rarely given, and our access is testament to how revered Berenice Abbott is in New York City.)