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Eugène Atget

French photographer

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Atget took up commercial photography in the late 1880s after a few failed attempts as a painter and an actor. He made a living primarily as a documentary photographer - using his camera to record the architecture of 'Old Paris' as well as France' popular culture. Although he focused primarily on photography's ability to be a neutral recording device, some of his photographs from this earlier period reveal a more artistic endeavor. By 1920, Atget's photography had turned almost entirely toward a more suggestive and innovative approach to the medium. It is these photographs, taken from 1920 until his death, whose ability to transform the ordinary' into art earned Atget a name with the Surrealists and a place in the history of photography after his death.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500008199.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Eugène Atget:

Eugène Atget St. Cloud, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Waterlilies (Nenuphars), early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Men’s Fashions, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget The Eclipse—April 1912, 1911 Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Paris Interior, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Pompe Funebre (1e Classe), 1910, 1910 Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Carrousel, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Lampshade Seller (Marchand Abat-Jours), early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Rue St. Rustique, March, 1922, 1922 Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Maison Close, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Bar de Cabaret, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Street Paver, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Cour, Rue de Valence, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Ragpicker's Hut, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Mannequin, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Street Musicians, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Boucherie Rue Christine, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Mowing Hay, Somme (Flauchers, Somme), early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Environs of Paris, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Masque Antique, early 20th century Gelatin silver print
Eugène Atget Eglise St. Mery, 1912-1915 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Mery, Pulpit, 1912-1915 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget Eglise St. Mery, 1912-1915 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Mery, 1912-1915 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget Eglise St. Mery, 1912-1915 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Severin, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Severin, Cloister, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Mery, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Julien le Pauvre, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Julien le Pauvre, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Julien le Pauvre, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Julien le Pauvre, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Julien le Pauvre, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Julien le Pauvre, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Julien le Pauvre, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Julien le Pauvre, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Julien le Pauvre, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Julien le Pauvre, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Julien le Pauvre, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Gervais et Protais, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Gervais et Protais, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Gervais et Protais, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Gervais et Protais, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Gervais et Protais, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Gervais et Protais, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Gervais et Protais, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Gervais et Protais, 1903-1904 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget Gonesse—St. Peter, 1921 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Sulpice—Interior, 1900-1903 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Sulpice—High Altar, 1900-1903 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Sulpice—Holy Water Font, 1900-1903 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Sulpice—Mausoleum by Slodtz, 1900-1903 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Sulpice—Organ, 1900-1903 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Sulpice, 1900-1903 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Sulpice—Organ, 1900-1903 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget Notre Dame, 1904-1907 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Roch—High Altar, 1912-1915 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Roch—High Altar, 1912-1915 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Etienne du Mont—Interior, 1912-1915 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Etienne du Mont—Pulpit by Lestocart, 1912-1915 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Etienne du Mont—Pulpit by Lestocart, 1912-1915 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Etienne du Mont, 1912-1915 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Mery—Pieta, 1912-1915 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Gervais et Protais, 1904-1907 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Germaine des Pres, 1904-1907 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Germaine des Pres, 1904-1907 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Germaine des Pres, 1904-1907 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget Notre Dame, 1904-1907 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget Notre Dame—Stalls, 1904-1907 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget St. Sulpice—High Altar, 1900-1903 Photographic print from glass plate negative, with gold toning on printing-out paper
Eugène Atget Handmade album for Churches of Paris (L’Eglises de Paris), 1900-1915
Eugène Atget St. Loup de Naud, ca. 1921 Gelatin silver print on photographic paper
Eugène Atget Tuileries [figure], ca. 1920-1927 Gelatin silver print on photographic paper mounted on thin board
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