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EUGENE ATGET: PARIS. New edition. Ed. by Jean Claude Gautrand. Benedikt Taschen Verlag GmbH, Cologne, 2016. Bibliotheca Universalis. 672 pp. with 467 ills. (20 col.). 20 x 15 cm. ISBN 9783836522304 Trilingual in French, English and German.
Taschen describes this as a new edition of one of their popular titles, presenting some 500 photographs from the Atget archives, but does not make clear what the previous edition was; however, this volume appears to have a new introductory text written specifically for this edition. Publisher's description: A flaneur and photographer at once, Eugene Atget (1857-1927) was obsessed with walking the streets. He supplied studies for painters, architects, and stage designers, but became enraptured by what he called "documents" of the city and its environs. His scenes rarely included people, but rather the architecture, landscape, and artifacts that made up the societal and cultural stage. Atget was not particularly renowned during his lifetime but in the 1920s came to the attention of the Dada and Surrealist avant-garde through Man Ray. Four of his images, with their particular fusion of mimesis and mystery, appeared in the surrealist journal, La Revolution Surrealiste, while Ray and much of his artistic circle purchased Atget prints. His fame grew after his death, with several articles and a monograph by Berenice Abbott. Several leading photographers, including Walker Evans and Bill Brandt, have since acknowledged their debt to Atget.
Artist(s):Atget, Eugene
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1900-1945 — Photography
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 174933
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