An Rong Xu for The New York Times

Berenice Abbott
July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991

Abbott documented the changing face of New York City in a rich time capsule of urban life and design.

Berenice Abbott lived and worked at 41 Commerce Street with her partner, the influential art critic Elizabeth McCausland, from 1935 to1965.

Narrated by Jessica Craig Martin
Music by Aaron Copland

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