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Eugène Atget

French Photographer

Eugène Atget Photo

Born: February 12, 1857 - Libourne, France

Died: August 4, 1927 - Paris, France

"I can honestly say that I have captured all of old Paris."

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A photograph shows the inside of the display of a clothing store like a parody of a theatrical space, where the photographer plays with ambiguity: while the vitrine triggers desire, the glass physically isolates the consumer who contemplates his own reflection mingled with the spectacle of the commodity. Direct, yet enigmatic, images by Eugène Atget earned him the title of "a modern art master" in his use of photography not only for aesthetic ends, but in order to detach the image from its social and cultural referent. Above and beyond their subjects, his photographs are regarded as the bridge between nineteenth century topographic photography and the so-called art documentary of the twentieth century. His work expresses an uncompromising vision that took less account of technical precision, but rather focused on creating a record of pictorial space.

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