The World of Atget.

Photography] Abbott, Bernice.

Published by Horizon Press, New York, 1964
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Title: The World of Atget.

Publisher: Horizon Press, New York

Publication Date: 1964

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.


Very Good plus copy in a Very Good plus dust jacket with two closed tears to the jacket. Eugene Atget (1857-1927) took up photography in the late 1880s, around the time that photography was experiencing unprecedented expansion in both commercial and amateur fields. Between 1897 and 1927 Atget captured the old Paris in his pictures. His photographs show the city in its various facets: narrow lanes and courtyards in the historic city center with its old buildings, of which some were soon to be demolished, magnificent palaces from the period before the French Revolution, bridges and quays on the banks of the Seine, and shops with their window displays. He photographed stairwells and architectural details on the façades and took pictures of the interiors of apartments. His interest also extended to the environs of Paris. In addition to architecture and the urban environment, he also photographed street-hawkers, small tradesmen, rag collectors and prostitutes, as well as fairs and popular amusements in the various districts. The outlying districts and peripheral areas, in which the poor and homeless sought shelter, also furnished him with pictorial subjects. His discovery by Man Ray and Berenice Abbott happened around 1925, just two years before his death. Berenice Abbott first published most of his work in the United States only after his death. She exhibited, printed and wrote about his work, as well as assembled a substantial archive of writings about his portfolio by herself and others. Bookseller Inventory # 24181

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