European Cities by Martin Hürlimann

Martin Hürlimann (1897 in Zürich – 1984) was a Swiss publisher, better known in the English speaking world as a photographer. Following successful completion, at Frauenfeld, of his school career, Hürlimann went on to study History, German literature and Philosophy at Zürich, Leipzig and Berlin universities.

In 1929 Hürlimann founded the newspaper “Atlantis”, based in Berlin and specialising in international travel and related themes. In 1930 he founded “Atlantis Verlag”, a publishing house, taking over from Ernest Wasmuth publication of the “Orbis Terrarum” series of books.

His photographic work was published in a number of books. Western European cities were a common theme, but he also photographed Ceylon and Southeast Asia.

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Photogravure of the Zwinger palace of Dresden, Germany (Deutschland). The palace is noted for its Baroque architecture. The building was completed in 1728, and served as a library and exhibition gallery. Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1934 via

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Photogravure of the old town house in Potsdam, Germany (Deutschland). It was constructed by Jan Bouman in 1755. A sculpture of Atlas holding the world sits on top of the building. Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1934 via

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Photogravure of the west facade of the medieval Lichfield Cathedral in Lichfield, England. Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1935 via

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The pavilion in the garden of the Abbey of Echternach in Luxembourg. Photograph by Martin Hürlimann and Horst Hanck-Jentsch, 1932 via

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Photogravure of St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) with the Doge’s Palace in Venice, Italy. Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1935 via

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The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Bayonne or the Cathedral of Our Lady of Bayonne commonly known as Bayonne Cathedral, France. Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1927 via

Vintage Photos of Venice by Edwin Smith (1960s)

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Edwin Smith, Basilica of San Marco, Venice, 1961 via

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Edwin Smith, Market from the Rialto Bridge, Venice, 1961 via

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Edwin Smith, Santa Maria Della Salute and the Dogana di Mare seen from the Flooded Molo during ‘Acqua Alta’, Venice, 1961 via

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Edwin Smith, Piazza San Marco, Venice, 1961 via

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Edwin Smith, The Lagoon, Venice, 1961 via

Vintage Venice Photogravures (1896)

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Photogravure, Basilica St. Mark,  Church Detail, Venice, Italy, 1896

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Photogravure, Basilica St. Mark Church, Venice, Italy, 1896 via

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Photogravure, Bronze Gate, Statues, Campanile, Venice, Italy, 1896 via

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 Photogravure of the courtyard fountain of Ducal Palace, Venice, Italy, 1896 via

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Photogravure, Palace Vendramin Calergi, Grand Canal, Cannaregio, Venice, 1896 via

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Photogravure, , Main Entrance Architecture, Venice, Italy, 1896 via

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Vintage Photos of New York City

Berenice Abbott (1898 – 1991), née Bernice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930’s. Abbott went to Europe in 1921, spending two years studying sculpture in Paris and Berlin.She studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris and the Kunstschule in Berlin. During this time, she adopted the French spelling of her first name, “Berenice,”Abbott first became involved with photography in 1923, when Man Ray hired her as a darkroom assistant at his portrait studio in Montparnasse. Later she wrote:

“I took to photography like a duck to water. I never wanted to do anything else.”

Very few details are known about her personal life. The film “Berenice Abbott: A View of the 20th Century”, which showed 200 of her black and white photographs, suggests that she was a “proud proto-feminist”; someone who was ahead of her time in feminist theory. Before the film was completed she questioned:

“The world doesn’t like independent women, why, I don’t know, but I don’t care.”

Abbott proposed Changing New York, her grand project to document New York City, to the Federal Art Project (FAP) in 1935. The FAP was a Depression-era government program for unemployed artists and workers in related fields such as illustration and publishing. Abbott’s efforts resulted in a book in 1939, in advance of the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow NY. At the project’s conclusion, the FAP distributed complete sets of Abbott’s final 302 images to high schools, libraries and other public institutions in the metropolitan area, plus the State Library in Albany  (source).

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Night View, New York by Berenice Abbott, 1930s via

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Broadway and Rector from Above, New York, by Berenice Abbott, 1930s via

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Manhattan, New York, by Berenice Abbott, 1930s via

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Flatiron Building, Manhattan, by Berenice Abbott via

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Madison Square by Berenice Abbott, 1930s via

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Penn Station, Interior, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott, 1930s

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ElSecond and Third Avenue Lines; Bowery and Division Street, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott (1930s) via