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Wednesday
Feb082012

eugène atget exhibit: new york

What: Eugène Atget: Documents pour artistes
When: February 6 thru April 9, 2012
Where: MOMA

What’s not to love about black and white photography, Paris in the early 1900s, its architecture and breathtaking gardens—and supporting its multitudes of artists?

Eugène Atget admired all of the above, so he photographed whatever he saw as interesting and beautiful—empty outdoor cafés, expansive gardens, cobblestone streets and the shops that lined them. Then he became the first to produce and sell what today we refer to as ‘stock photography’ selling these ‘documents’ to artists in need of source material.

Focused in Paris’ fifth arrondissement, the Luxemborg gardens, and the parks at Sceaux, he captured the essence of his subjects—images that spark a thousand words each and which will surely stand the test of time.

While Atget did photograph people early in his career—and perhaps inspired by the Surrealists in later years—he seemed much more interested in modern store window mannequins and the marble sculpted goddesses found throughout the city.

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