May 28, 2012

Who is James Abbe?

Alright so I decided to add something new to my weekly posts. And I want to get your guys feedback on if you like it or not :) Once a week I'll pick a photographer, model, designer etc. and tell you a little about the person. I feel as though it'd be a good learning experience for you as well as myself. So here it goes I hope you guys like it :)

James Abbe (Photographer)


Birth Location: Alfred Maine
Raised in: Portsmouth, VA
Moved to NYC in 1917

About Abbe:

James Abbe is known for his photography of stage and cinema stars in the 20's and 30's. Through his pictures he captures the lure of the limelight. Instead of shooting in studio he'd shoot them on location on stage in full costume.
Besides using his photos for publicity he'd also sell them to Vogue and Vanity Fair,making him one of the first few to introduce media-induced celebrity. His impressive portfolio also documents the Spanish civil war, and the Nazis rise in Germany. Abbe also photographed all of the notorious European leaders during that time. James was a trendsetter for the practice of documentary reportage (candids).

Below is some of James Abbe's work


  1. Great post Angela! Great idea and what a first person to start with! Kudos!

  2. Great post idea!!!


  3. Just wanted to let you know James Abbe III (grandson of James Abbe) and I stumbled across this article today while browsing Google. He loves what you wrote about his grandfather and thinks you picked a great picture to go along with it. Hope you have a great holiday season and keep up the good work!

    Katie Flanagan & James Abbe III
    New York, New York


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