Biography


Kathryn Abbe"s career spanned 40 years and covered many aspects of photography. Born in 1919 in Brooklyn, New York, she studied art & photography at the Pratt Institute. After working for Vogue photographer, Toni Frissell, she free lanced in the field of fashion and reporting. Her work has appeared in Town & Country, Look, Paris Match, House & Garden, Better Homes & Gardens, and Good Housekeeping. The co-author of two books, Kathryn has lectured extensively and appeared on many television programs. In 1974, with co-author, Mary Dawn Early, she produced Stars of the Twenties Observed by James Abbe, the first in-depth examination of the work of her father-in-law, pioneering portrait photographer James Abbe Sr. In 1980, she and her twin sister, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, co-authored Twins on Twins, in which they photographed and interviewed 30 sets of twins. The book enjoyed three editions and resulted in a national book tour. It has been used in university studies and psychology classes as an example of twins talking about their experiences as twins. In 2000, she (with twin sister Frances) produced a film which documents their dual (but separate) careers in photography titled Twin Lenses. The film was a finalist in the 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival. That project has led to her most recent venture (a project with a similar theme), an autobiographical account of her and her sister's lives and their photographic careers titled Twin Lives in Photography. Always receptive to new ideas, Kathryn took the plunge into the digital world of photography three years ago. She says, " I am delighted with the images I make. It is rather daunting to print on the computer, but I am slowly learning." She adds, "going digital has opened new doors and the freedom of the process has inspired new projects."

Self Portrait, 1980

© Kathryn Abbe 2009