She also said: "Today the challenge to photographers is great because we are living in a momentous period. History is pushing us to the brink of a realistic age as never before. I believe there is no more creative medium than photography to recreate the living world of our time."*
Despite this emphasis on subject matter, Abbott had a painterly eye. She knew that the greatest photographs were much more than simply interesting documents. She had a genius for capturing scenes of great artistic beauty and knew how to paint with light. As these examples show, she was one of the great artists of light and dark, of intense blacks and whites and of the halftones between.
* These quotes come from "Photography at the Crossroads" (1951) by Berenice Abbott republished in The Education of a Photographer, Vol 10, edited by Charles Traub, Steven Heller, and Adam B. Bell (Allworth Communications, Inc., 2006)