‘Changing New York (1935-1938)’ by Berenice Abbott for Federal Art Project, published by the New York Public Library.
Photographer Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) proposed ‘Changing New York’, her grand project to document New York City, to the Federal Art Project (FAP) in 1935. The FAP was a Depression-era government program for unemployed artists and workers in related fields such as advertising, graphic design, illustration, photofinishing, and publishing.
Abbott’s efforts resulted in a book in 1939, in advance of the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow NY. At the project’s conclusion, the FAP distributed complete sets of Abbott’s images to high schools, libraries and other public institutions in the metropolitan area.