Eugène Atget

Eugène Atget worked in and around Paris for some 35 years. Which resulted in a career that bridged the 19th and 20th centuries. Consequently, Eugène Atget created an encyclopedic, idiosyncratic lived portrait of that city on the cusp of the modern era.

Atget’s entry into the field of photography coincided with a series of developments within the medium. The 1880s were a period of tremendous growth for professional and amateur photography alike. Because its commercial and industrial applications expanded. The invention of dry-plate photography—which allowed photographic plates to be prepared in advance and developed in a darkroom later—made it easier to make photographs quickly, while the rise of photomechanical reproduction allowed for the widespread distribution of photographic images. Despite these advancements, Atget used a bulky view camera and large (18 x 24 cm) glass plates.