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June 15, 2019

50 Amazing Photos Capture Street Scenes of Paris Around 1900

Born in 1857, in Libourne near Bordeaux and raised by his uncle, Eugène Atget's youth was molded by his time as a sailor. Upon his return from the sea, Atget turned to the stage and pursued an acting career in provincial cities and later in Paris suburbs.

After minor success as an actor, Atget abandoned the stage and at the age of forty took up painting, then quickly turned to his true life's work as a photographer.

For the next thirty years, until just a few short months before his death in 1927, Atget undertook a systematic documentation of the city of Paris, creating approximately five thousand negatives and nearly ten thousand prints.

Because he refused to work with the latest advances in photographic technology, Atget's images evoke a sense of timelessness, due in part to the slower exposure times and the pre-visualization of the final image that was required.

Atget carried his large camera around Paris as he worked to document its essential elements: streets, shop windows, building facades, architectural details, and the landscape of the public gardens and parks in and around the city.

Atget's unique documentation of the French capital captured the eye of surrealist photographer Man Ray who worked to promote Atget as one of the pre-eminent photographic modernists. Later, the efforts of Berenice Abbott, who acquired Atget's negatives and prints after his death, finally situated Atget's work in the history of photography where it continues to gain in stature and influence.

George Eastman House holds approximately 500 prints by Eugène Atget, and here below is part of his work that he shot street scenes of Paris around 1900.

Hotel de Montmorency - Rue de Montmorency 5, 1900

Marchard d'abat-jour, rue Lepic, 1900

St. Lazare - Fbg. St. Denis 107, 1900

Cour de Rouen - boulevard St. Germain, circa 1900

Hotel de Charost - Pauline Borghese - Ambassade d’Angleterre 39 Fbg. St. Honore, 1901

La Rue Beaubourg, 1901

Maison de Benjamin Franklin - rue de Penthievre 26 , 1901

Parc Monceau, 1901-02

Parc Monceau, 1901-02

Un coin du Vieux-Vanves, 1901

Au Griffon - 39 quai de l’Horloge, 1902

Au soleil d’or - place de l’Ecoles, 1902

Hotel 8 Rue d’Anjon, 1902

Au Port Salut - Cabaret Rue des Fosses St. Jacques, 1903

Fontaine des Innocents, 1903

Le Perreux - Tour de Marne, 1903

Les Bords du Marne au Perreux (Seine), 1903

Les Bords du Marne au Perreux (Seine), 1903

Rue St. Denis, Eglise St. Leu St. Gilles au No. 92, 1903

Boutique art nouveau, 45 rue st. Augustin, 1904-05

Hotel Thiroux de Montsange Rue de la Boetie 111, 1905

Passage Moliere Vue prise de la rue St. Marti, 1906

Au Sphinx 31 Rue St. Denis, 1907

Coin de la rue Vauvieliers et Berger 15 et 13, 1907

Cour 15 Rue Tiquetonne, 1907

Hotel des Abbes de Royaumont 4 Rue du Jour, 1907

Maison d’Andre Chenier en 1793 - 97 rue de Clery, 1907

Porte de Menilmontant - glacis de fortifications Guinguette, 1907

Restes de l’hotel St. Chaumont 226 Rue St. Denis, 1907

Rue de Viarmes cote de la rue Vannes, 1907

Rue Guerin Boisseau 186 R. S. Denis, 1907

Rue Saint-Honoré, 1907

5 Rue Grenier St. Lazare passe dans le quartier - pour au ancien Hotel Buffon, 1908

Au Bourdon d’or 93 Rue St. Honore, 1908

Au Tambour, 63 quai de la Tournelle, 1908

Coin Eglise St. Nicolas des Champs Rue Cunin Gridaine, 1908

Cour de Rouen - passage du Commerce, 1908

Entree du Passage Moliere 157 Rue St. Martin, 1908

Hotel 4 Rue Grenier St. Lazare, 1908

Hotel 5 Rue Grenier St. Lazare, 1908

Hotel 34 Rue des Bourdonnais, 1908

Hotel de Montmorency - 5 rue de Montmorency, 1908

Hotel de Montmorency - 5 rue de Montmorency, 1908

Hotel Lenois de Mezieres payeur des rentes 19 Rue Michel le conte, 1908

Hotel Lenois de Mezieres payeur des rentes 19 Rue Michel le conte, 1908

Hotel Louis XV - 192 rue St. Martin, 1908

Le Rue Quincampoix, 1908

Brocanteur 38 rue Descartes, 1909

Maison de Rapport du Couvent St. Lazare - 105 Fbg. St. Denis, 1909

Un Coin Rue St. Medard au No. 11, 1909

(Photos by Eugène Atget)



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