James Joyce. Berenice Abbott.

James Joyce.

1926 [1989].

4 1/2" x 3 1/2" (11" x 8 1/2" sheet). Hand-coated palladium prints on Strathmore Bristol paper Item #320659

Berenice Abbott photographed James Joyce in Paris on two occasions, at his home in 1926 and in her studio in 1928. His modernist masterpieces, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, are books of the modern metropolis, but they're also wholly concerned with domestic life – that of the kitchen and of the bathroom, of the bedroom and of sleep. The intimate photos of Joyce at home show him in high style, but suffereing from the bad eyesight that plagued him during his work on Finnegans Wake. In comparison with the later sitting in her studio, in which Joyce in a black suit is staring out pensively, these photos show him looking inward.

Abbott's last project was called Portraits in Palladium, Paris—New York, 1926-1929. It consists of a bound portfolio of 11 portraits, and rather than her usual silver prints, these are the only palladium prints that Abbott ever authorized, made from her favorite glass negatives. Only 25 copies were made for sale, and 3 were immediately destroyed in a flood before they could be sold. The edition sold out and individual prints have been rarely offered for sale. This is an extra print from those made for the portfolio, embossed with Abbott's "BA" stamp.

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