The Museum of Avant-garde

Eugène Atget

France (1857—1927)
Born in Libourne and brought up in Bordeaux, he moved to Paris at 21 y.o. and started his career as an actor. Following an infection to his vocal cords he took on painting and later photography. He started to document Paris architecture, stage design and art. During WWI he gave up photography and archived all his work. As war came to an end, he sold his work to institutions and took up photography again but mainly focussing on landscaping and nature. In 1925 he met Berenice Abbott, who bought some of his photographs and promoted his work also after his death.