PUBLISHER
Steidl

BOOK FORMAT
Clth, 11.5 x 12.25 in. / 304 pgs / 86 color / 309 bw.

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
Forthcoming

DISTRIBUTION
D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: SPRING 2020 p. 38   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9783958297012 TRADE
List Price: $50.00 CDN $69.95

AVAILABILITY
Awaiting stock

BROWSE THE 2022 MID WINTER CATALOG

Artbook | D.A.P. Catalog Cover Link

Preview our Mid-Winter 2022 catalog, featuring new books on art, photography, design, architecture, film, music and visual culture.

  

STEIDL

You've Got to Do a Damn Sight Better than That, Buster

Working with Berenice Abbott 1972–1991

By Hank O’Neal.

You've Got to Do a Damn Sight Better than That, Buster

An informal, rollicking memoir of Berenice Abbott by her close friend and collaborator

Hank O’Neal met Berenice Abbott in 1972 at the coffee shop of a Holiday Inn on 57th Street in New York City. After a two-hour meeting Abbott suggested he should visit her if he was ever near Moosehead Lake in northern Maine. In the fall of 1973 O’Neal did just that, spending a long weekend with Abbott at her circa 1810 stagecoach inn. They hit it off and at the end of the stay she said, “If you ever get a real camera come up here and I’ll teach you how to use it.” In early 1974 he bought an 8x10 Deardorff camera and in the summer of that year headed back to Maine. The first and only lesson lasted about 30 minutes: Abbott told him to photograph the antique doorknocker on her front door. After almost an hour she returned to check on his progress and said, “You’ve got to do a damn sight better than that, buster”—not only sound advice but a great title for a book.

Abbott and O’Neal became close friends and worked together on books, exhibitions, catalogs, films, lectures, portfolios, the sale of her collection, and even social gatherings, with Abbott as the maid of honor at his wedding. You’ve Got to Do a Damn Sight Better than That, Buster is an informal, rollicking memoir based on 19 years of personal observations by O’Neal of one of the most accomplished American artists of the 20th century.

Born in 1940, Hank O’Neal has published more than 20 books on various subjects, mostly related to photography and music. In the early 1970s he met Berenice Abbott, with whom he worked closely, as well as André Kertčsz, Walker Evans and the other living Farm Security Administration photographers who were all to influence him. O’Neal published his first book in 1973; in 1976 followed the acclaimed A Vision Shared (reissued by Steidl in 2018). He is coeditor with Ron Kurtz of the ongoing Berenice Abbott Project at Steidl, including Berenice Abbott (2008), The Unknown Berenice Abbott (2013) and Paris Portraits 1925–1930 (2016).


Featured image is reproduced from 'You've Got to Do a Damn Sight Better than That, Buster.'

You've Got to Do a Damn Sight Better than That, Buster

STATUS: Forthcoming | 2/7/2023

This title is not yet published in the U.S. To pre-order or receive notice when the book is available, please email orders @ artbook.com

BERENICE ABBOTT MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

You've Got to Do a Damn Sight Better than That, Buster

YOU'VE GOT TO DO A DAMN SIGHT BETTER THAN THAT, BUSTER

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783958297012
USD $50.00
| CAN $69.95

Pub Date: 2/7/2023
Forthcoming


Berenice Abbott: Portraits of Modernity

BERENICE ABBOTT: PORTRAITS OF MODERNITY

FUNDACIóN MAPFRE

ISBN: 9788498447040
USD $65.00
| CAN $82

Pub Date: 4/23/2019
Active | In stock


Berenice Abbott: Paris Portraits 1925–1930

BERENICE ABBOTT: PARIS PORTRAITS 1925–1930

STEIDL/COMMERCE GRAPHICS, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9783869303147
USD $70.00
| CAN $92.5

Pub Date: 10/25/2016
Active | In stock


The Unknown Berenice Abbott

THE UNKNOWN BERENICE ABBOTT

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783869306506
USD $350.00
| CAN $465

Pub Date: 10/15/2013
Active | In stock


Berenice Abbott: Documenting Science

BERENICE ABBOTT: DOCUMENTING SCIENCE

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783869304311
USD $65.00
| CAN $87

Pub Date: 2/12/2012
Active | Out of stock