Gordon C. Abbott
20th c. Photographer
"Gordon Abbott was a twentieth century American photographer born in 1882. He spent much of his professional life working in Mexico and Guatemala and died in Mexico City in 1951. More than mere travel photography, his work captures the spirit of the places and scenes he witnessed. Instead of the flashy images suited for tourists’ guidebooks, Abbott created photos of a more contemplative nature.
Gordon C. Abbott’s ability to reveal the dignity in the mundane features of daily life is illustrated by his portfolio of work from Central America. Abbott transcends the ordinary by capturing compelling scenes of people or plants as well as the natural environment and preserving them on film, creating images with a grace and timelessness that elevate their subjects beyond the prosaic quality of the moment depicted."
Essay by Kelly Boyd, Academic Year Wilson Intern, FA 2010