Eugene Atget: Unknown Paris

David Harris (Author)
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Description

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

Price
$45.00  $40.50
Publisher
New Press
Publish Date
November 01, 2003
Pages
199
Dimensions
8.82 X 0.82 X 11.2 inches | 2.67 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781565848689

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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.

Reviews

Atget reached the pole of utmost mastery; but with the bitter modesty of a great craftsman who always lives in the shadows, he neglected to plant his flag there. Therefore many are able to flatter themselves that they have discovered the pole, even though Atget was there before them.
"An urbanist historian, a genuine romanticist, a lover of Paris, a Balzac of the camera, from whose work we can weave a large tapestry of French civilization." -- Berenice Abbott

"The earliest expression of true photographic art." --Ansel Adams

"Without Atget, nobody could really see Paris." --Anthony Lane, The New Yorker