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.

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Photographie / Magazine / 24 x 30.9 cm / Paris, 1930 (1980) / © 1930, Arts et Métiers Graphiques Paris

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Cabaret au Tambour, 63 quai de la Tournelle

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 16.7 x 20.7 cm / 1908 (1970)


76 Fotos der Zeit / Photographic book with letterpress cover by El Lissitzky / Heliogravure / 20.6 x 29.2 cm / Stuttgart, 1929 (1973) / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn