Animated Series

The Story of Berenice Abbott
Little Stories of Great Women Artists

Little Stories of Great Women Artists is an original project of playful and educational animated videos for children from the age of 7 and older.The objective of each episode? To shed light on the life and work of a woman artist from the 19th or 20th century in a three-minutes video. Imagined by screenwriter Sophie Caron, each story conveys the originality of an artist’s approach, their importance within an artistic movement, certain significant biographical stories, as well as difficulties that the artist may have encountered in her practice.

In a landscape where children’s publications and activities about art privilege male artists, this new and unique project intends for younger audiences to be able to identify important figures beyond all gender stereotypes. Through the discovery of these women artists, we hope to invite as many people as possible to discover the emotion that art can bring.

This new episode takes us from New York to Paris and along Route 1 on the Atlantic coast of the United States to discover several cities and figures documented by the American photographer Berenice Abbott, who was born in 1898.

She left New York at the age of 23 to settle in Paris and became Man Ray’s assistant, who, impressed by her abilities, put his studio at her disposal. She produced many portraits and was met with immediate success. Upon her return to New York in 1929, she devoted herself to documentary photography, fascinated by the transformation of the city and soon after by that of the countryside. Berenice Abbott thereby immortalized the transformations of American society. From 1940 onwards, another type of subject revealed itself to her: she began using photography to document scientific phenomena.

This project is made possible by the support of the Délégation à la transmission, aux territoires et à la démocratie culturelle of the Ministry of Culture, and the Fondation ENGIE.

Coordination : Mathilde de Croix with the AWARE team.
Screenwriter: Sophie Caron.
Illustrator: Louise Nelson.
Sound and image Editor: Hugo July.
Voice: Melha Mammeri Bossard.

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