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No one more thoroughly documented Paris and its environs than Eugene Atget. In nearly 3,000 images, Atget portrayed the Paris of his time--post-Haussmann--far eclipsing even the prolific Charles Marville, whose images of a pre-Haussmann Paris show us an earlier version.

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By Maria DiElsi

Atget made 10,000 photographs between 1897 and 1926, most prior to 1914, so that at the end of his career he was able to write in a letter, "this enormous artistic and documentary collection is finished today. I can say that I possess all of Paris."

Jean Eugene August Atget (1857-1927) tried his hand at being a sailor, actor, and painter before devoting himself to his …

By Maria DiElsi

Atget made 10,000 photographs between 1897 and 1926, most prior to 1914, so that at the end of his career he was able to write in a letter, "this enormous artistic and documentary collection is finished today. I can say that I possess all of Paris."

Jean Eugene August Atget (1857-1927) tried his hand at being a sailor, actor, and painter before devoting himself to his life project: photographing Paris. He did not intend for this to be an artistic endeavour, but rather a commercial enterprise selling picturesque views of the city as "Documents for Artists". …