Warehouse, Water and Dock Streets, Brooklyn

Accession Number

Warehouse, Water and Dock Streets, Brooklyn

Berenice Abbott

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

10 5/8 in x 13 1/2 in (26.99 cm x 34.29 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Maxine and Lawrence K. Snider

Subject matter
This photograph of a Brooklyn waterfront warehouse, which then housed the Yuban coffee company, emphasizes the formal qualities of the structure using a steeply receding angle. The horizontal band of paint that divides the brick structure into two halves is flecked throughout with half-opened shutters that interrupt the painted text advertising the coffee company. In the upper right corner a taller office building emerges, offering a sense of the density and architectural variety of this urban environment.

Physical Description
A black and white photograph of a warehouse in Brooklyn. A sign painted on the building advertises coffee, while a man sits outside reading a newspaper.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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black-and-white photographs
coffee (food, dye)
documentary photography
industrial buildings
vernacular architecture

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