Berenice Abbott, who has been making her affecting, unaffected photographs for nearly 60 years, got her start in Paris, as darkroom assistant in the studio of Man Ray, who, at the time, 1925-26, was a sought-after portrait photographer.Soon the assistant overtook the artist, and Abbott began to give us many of the faces we associate with that time and place, especially that of James Joyce. Before she left Paris to return to America, she photographed Eugene Atget just before his death, and afterward acquired thousands of his prints and negatives, thereby saving for posterity the work of a photographer who influenced her immensely, and who is now being recognized as an important figure in modern photography. In the '30s she took the many documentary photographs of "Changing New York," for which she is probably best known, including her magnificent studies of the interior of Pennsylvania Station. More than 250 photographs from all periods of her work, chosen by Abbott herself, many accompanied by her modest and interesting commentary on them, appear in this pleasingly, but not fussily, produced book. In his introduction, John Canaday writes, "Abbott's inexhaustible subject is the familiar daily world, and her achievement is that she reveals its fascination without modifying its documentary truth."