Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Greyhound Bus Terminal, Federal Arts Project, "Changing New York," July 14, 1936
It's always seemed odd to me that cities don't have photographers. The White House has an official photographer; so do football teams and opera companies; why doesn't Chicago? Is Phoenix too bland, Atlanta eternal and unchanging, Portland, Maine uninterested in what Portland, Oregon looks like? Cities have official coffee-suppliers, inkwell-fillers, pothole-fixers, numberless keepers of records and documents less worthy than what the place look like when. Any elightened city should have at least one full-time photographer out in it day after day recording the comings and goings, the tearing down and the building up, the passage of life and the comings and goings of the people, the look of the place in the rain and the winter and at night and in times of celebration and crisis and boredom. Any parent does as much for the changing aspect of a single child, as it grows and changes forever. Any city is forever disappearing. Why not notice?
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON