Eugène Atget

Eugène Atget (1857–1927) turned to photography in his late 40s, building a body of work that described the city of Paris and its environs. In its simplicity and clarity of vision, this project, resulting in over 10,000 photographs, became a modern urban portrait that has influenced many photographers since. Inspired to make a portrait of Paris at the moment when historic Paris was becoming Haussman’s modern Paris, Atget captured the changing city with eloquence and sensitivity.

Atget received little recognition before his death in 1927, but due to the posthumous efforts of photographer Berenice Abbott, his work was preserved, promoted, and gained its rightful place in history. A significant number of his prints, including many negatives, are held by the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., along with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Hôtel d'Ecquevilly, 60 rue de Turenne, 3rd arr., 1901, albumen silver print
Hôtel, place Dauphine 12, 1903-04, albumen silver print
Hôtel, rue de Varenne 19, 1900, albumen silver print
Hôtel 132, [137] rue Vielle du Temple, 1901, albumen silver print
Hôtel de Poitiers, rue Saint-Dominique 3 et 5, 1902-03, albumen silver print
Faculté de Droit, Place du Panthéon, 1903, albumen silver print
Cyprès, 1923-25, albumen silver print