History of Photography


Introduction History of Photography (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

A World History of Photography (by Naomi Rosenblum)

The Story Behind the Pictures 1827-1991 (by Hans-Michael Koetzle)

Photographers' Dictionary
(based on "20th Century Photography - Museum Ludwig Cologne")


 

 



Photographers' Dictionary

(based on "20th Century Photography-Museum Ludwig Cologne")

 
 

 



Eugene Atget - 1

 

Eugene Atget

(b Libourne, nr Bordeaux, 12 Feb 1857; d Paris, 4 Aug 1927).

French photographer. An only child of working-class parents, he was orphaned at an early age and went to sea. Determined to be an actor, he managed to study at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Paris for a year but was dismissed to finish his military service. Thereafter he acted for several seasons in the provinces but failed to distinguish himself and left the stage. An interest in painting but lack of facility led him to take up photography in the late 1880s. At this time photography was experiencing unprecedented expansion in both commercial and amateur fields. Atget entered the commercial arena. Equipped with a standard box camera on a tripod and 180*240 mm glass negatives, he gradually made some 10,000 photographs of France that describe its cultural legacy and its popular culture. He printed his negatives on ordinary albumen-silver paper and sold his prints to make a living. Despite the prevailing taste for soft-focus, painterly photography from c. 1890 to 1914, Atget remained constant in his straightforward record-making technique. It suited the notion he held of his calling, which was to make not art but documents.
 

 


Avenue des Gobelins, 1925

 


La Marne a la Varenne, 1925-27

 


Shop, avenue des Gobelins
1925

 


Cour, 28 rue Bonaparte
1910

 


Joueur d'orgue
1898-99

 


Notre Dame
1925

 


Hotel des Archeveques de Lyon, rue Saint-Andre-des-Arts, 58
1900

 


Versailles
1905

 


Versailles, parc
1901

 


Ambassade d'Autriche, 57 rue de Varenne
1905

 


Au Tambour, 63 quai de la Tournelle
1908

 


Un Coin du quai de la Tournelle,
5e arrondissement
1910-11

 


Fontaine du passage,
6 rue des Guillemites
1911

 


Charenton, vieux moulin
1915

 


Prostitute, Paris
1920s

 


Saint-Cloud
1921-22

 


Saint-Cloud
1924

 


Quai d'Anjou, 6 a.m.
1924

 


Trianon [Pavillon Francais]
1923-24

 


Ragpicker
1899-1900

 


Marchand abat-jours
1899-1900

 


Rue du Maure
c. 1908

 


91, Rue de Turenne
1911

 


Montmartre, maison de musette
1923

 


Rue des Ursins
1923

 


Fete du Trone de Geant
1925

 


Paris, Palais Royal

 


Coin de la Rue Valette et Pantheon
1925

 


Parc de Sceaux
1925

 

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