New York at Night Abbott, Berenice  (American, 1898-1991)

The following is the information that is on the Colophon about the gravure itself.

"Nightview, New York", 1932 by Berenice Abbott has been produced as a dust grain photogravure in an edition of 125 numbered copies, 25 artist proofs, and 25 copies not for sale, which have been reserved for the collaborators and friends of this production. This print has been created in conjunction with the two-volume monograph Berenice Abbott published by Steidl and Commerce Graphics.

The photogravure was made from the original negative by Jon Goodman at his studio in Florence, Massachusetts.  The prints of Abbott’s iconic image have been hand-pulled on Somerset Satin 100% cotton rag paper from St. Cuthbert’s Mill, England by Jon Goodman using ink specially made for this edition. Each print has been embossed with the printer’s mark. The accompanying letterpress folder has been designed and printed by Art Larson at Horton Tank Graphics, Hadley, Massachusetts from type cast by Dan Carr at the Golgonooza Letter Foundry, Hinsdale, New Hampshire. The paper for the folder is Arturo from Cartiera Magnani.

This copper plate photogravure has been made by the Talbot-Klîc method.  Through various steps the image from the original negative has been etched into a copper plate and printed in ink on fine paper on an etching press.

The following are Abbott’s own words about the image…

"I took this early in the evening; there was only one time to take it, shortly before Christmas.  I started in about 4:30 pm and did not have much time. But I had done a good deal of prior planning on the photograph, going so far as developing a special soft developer for the negative.  This is a fifteen minute exposure and I am surprised that the negative is as sharp as it is because these big buildings do sway a bit. I knew I had no opportunity to make multiple exposures because the lights would start to go out shortly after 5pm when the people began to go home, and so it had to be correct on the first try. In this case I was at a window, not at the top of the building; there would have been too much wind outside.  It was, of course, hard to get permission.  They always thought you wanted to commit suicide and superintendents were always tired, lazy and annoyed." Berenice Abbott