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Honoré Sharrer used the camera to collect images for her paintings, making hundreds of snapshots of people, animals, and architectural details. She often asked her subjects to strike particular poses or wear particular costumes, and many of these figures can be found reproduced exactly in her paintings.

Abstract painter Charles Green Shaw published a photography book New York—Oddly Enough in 1938. With its snapshots of buildings, architectural details, and shops, the book serves both as an anthology of urban details and a narrative of city life in the 1930s.
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