Atget’s Seven Albums by Eugène Atget, edited by Molly Nesbit. First edition (1992). First impression. Large format paperback in near fine condition. No internal markings. Sunning to covers. Please see pictures. Any questions please get in touch.
About Atget’s Seven Albums
So, between 1909 and 1915 Eugene Atget produced seven albums filled with photographs of Paris at the height of its belle epoque. Also, these albums were prototypes for books that were never published. Now, Atget’s albums are presented in full, edited with the sequencing and repetition that the great photographer intended.
In addition, Atget’s pictures are analyzed in a new way: as commercial picture documents produced by a photographer for the artists, archivists, antiquarians, designers and builders who were his clients. Therefore, Molly Nesbidt defines and explores the nature of Atget’s pictures in terms of their form. As well as, his practical vision and relation to knowledge, providing a discussion of this commercial picture document. Consequently, she also ofers a glimpse into the politics of Atget’s ways of seeing: how he identified with the far left. Also, how his sense of modern life and the variety in popular culture was exhibited through the artisans, cabarets, ragpicker carts and marketplaces he photographed.
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, as 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.
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