Eugene Atget


Artist Biography:

Eugene Atget was a French flaneur and a pioneer of documentary photography. He took up professional photography in the 1880s and is noted for his determination to document all of the architecture and street scenes of Paris before their disappearance to modernisation. Atget`s project called `Old Paris` began around 1897 and continued until the 1920s. Atget was driven by the disappearance of buildings as schemes of modernisation swept the City. He ignored the Grand New Vistas and he set-out to record the character and details of the time-worn streets. His work drew the attention of a variety of artists, most notably Man Ray, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and the Surrealists. His work was generally published after his death by the photographer Berenice Abbott, who preserved his prints and negatives and was the first person to exhibit Atget`s work outside of France.

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