James Joyce, Paris 1926 by Berenice Abbott-Moving on to Europe in the 1920s, Abbott worked from 1925 to 1929 as a photographic assistant to May Ray in Paris. Through her work printing Man Ray’s photographs, Abbott herself discovered her talent as a photographer. In 1926 Abbott had her first solo exhibition in the Parisian gallery, Le Sacre du Printemps. This exhibition featured Abbott’s portrait photography in which she captured personalities associated with avant-garde art movements.
James Augusta Aloysius Joyce (1882–1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce developed iritis & had frequent episodes with conjunctivitis, glaucoma, episcleritis, synechia & cataracts & underwent over a dozen major eye surgeries. By the end of his life, his right eye was practically useless & there was 10% vision in the left eye.