Eugene Atget – A pioneer of documentary photography and another photographer whose genius was recognised too late


Eugène Atget – Staircase, Montmartre 1924

Eugène Atget was born in France on the 12th February 1857. He was a pioneer of documentary photography, noted for his desire to document all of the architecture and street scenes of Paris before their disappearance to modernisation. Most of his photographs were first published by Berenice Abbott after his death on the 4th August 1927. His genius was only recognised in the last two years of his life and unfortunately he did not live to see the wide acclaim his work would eventually receive.

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