Eugene Atget: Unknown Paris

Eugene Atget: Unknown Paris

by David Harris


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For thirty years, Eugène Atget photographed the historic core of Paris, its buildings and monuments, its ancient streets and civic spaces, its public parks and gardens. With the exception of his earliest photographs, he chose not to represent a particular site by a single, definitive photograph but produced sequences of interrelated images that create a cumulative portrait.

A collection of case studies of archetypal urban settings, this book examines Atget’s approach to photography. It features 240 of his photographs—nearly all of which have never been published—assembled to display the integral relationship between the photographer’s working method and his subject matter, revealing the character of Le Vieux Paris itself.

A natural companion to the New Press’s Berenice Abbott: Changing New York, Eugène Atget is the product of an exhibit mounted in response to Abbott’s work and reflective of the two photographers’ shared vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565848542
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 11/24/2003
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Harris is an independent curator and photographic historian, specializing in nineteenth-century and contemporary architectural and landscape photography. He was associate curator of photograph at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal for ten years. He currently teaches in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University, Toronto. In addition to numerous essays and articles, he is the author of Of Battle and Beauty:Felice Beato's Photographs of China in 1860, Gabor Szilasi: Photographs, 1954-1996, and Eadweard Muybridge and the Photographic Panorama of San Francisco, 1850-1880.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsvii
Chapter 1Observing Eugene Atget2
Chapter 2Atget's Life As a Commercial Photographer8
Chapter 3Atget at Work16
Chapter 4Seven Parisian Sites36
1.Hotel de Beauvais38
2.Hotel de Ranes and the rue Visconti46
3.The rue du Parc-Royal, the rue de Sevigne, and the rue de Jarente52
4.Intersection of the rue de l'Abbaye, the rue Cardinale, the rue de l'Echaude, the passage de la Petite-Boucherie, and the rue Bourbon-le-Chateau58
5.The quays surrounding the Pont-Neuf66
6.Place Bernard Halpern88
7.The Church of Saint-Severin92
Chapter 5Conclusion166
Catalogue of Photographs169
Selected Bibliography195

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