A black and white photograph of a night time aerial view of New York city. The framing of the photograph shows many metropolitan tall buildings; the many white rectangles indicate the rooms lit from within. Below the buildings, street lamps appear as small bright white circles. In the background towards the top of the photograph, it becomes difficult to make distinction between where one building ends and the other begins while the lit windows give an illusion of floating white rectangles. A set of diagonal train tracks run between the tall buildings. The photograph was taken from the Empire State building was part of the Federal Arts Project funded the artist's "Changing New York" documentary project, for which more than three hundred photographs were produced.


Berenice Abbott


  • Titles Nightview (Proper)
  • Artist Berenice Abbott, American, 1898 - 1991
  • Medium gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions frame: 40 × 30 in. (101.6 × 76.2 cm) mount: 44 15/16 × 37 1/2 in. (114.2 × 95.2 cm) image: 35 1/2 × 28 7/16 in. (90.2 × 72.2 cm)
  • Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of John Hagefstration, AFI.37.2020
  • Work Type photograph
  • Classification Photographs