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Atget was poised on the cusp between the techniques and materials of early photography and the moment things began to change and modern photography was born. From a laborious and time-consuming process came a much faster method that changed the nature of photography forever. Seemingly overnight, the photograph went from being a precious object to something on its way to being accessible to all. Atget was among the first generation to photographically capture the world of ordinary citizens. While the subject matter was new, he was nevertheless steeped in the tradition of the old-world photograph. A crooked door knocker is captured with loving attention to detail, an air of preciousness still present. Spindly trees, store windows, public gardens--each picture is delicate and romantic. It makes you wonder if absolutely everything was more beautiful in France. Included in the book are insightful commentaries for each of the 100 tritone photographs and five duotones, plus a great introduction by John Szarkowski, former director of the Department of Photography at the MOMA. --J.P. Cohen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I won't comment on the sophisticated, eloquent, and insightful commentary of Szarkowski, nor would I discuss the superb print quality of the book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by philosli
This book was a rarity, a joy to look at and a joy to read. A beautiful book of photos that was enlarged upon by the author's insight.Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth A. Dickey
this is an excelent book.
atget book has realy nice print and great quality.
realy nice print.
fine selection of pics.
a mast have book.
if you are looking at a way to make the ordinary special, looking at the images contained in Atget definitely intrigues your imagination. Read morePublished on August 16, 2007 by Mary E. Marchant
Now that it is so cheap, don't miss this great book! Excellent prose by Szarkowski and beautiful pictures by a master... hard combination to beat.Published on May 6, 2002 by Steven Popovitch
This book is another gift from a great writer and observer, an homage to Atget, to photography, to art and to Western civilization. Read morePublished on December 12, 2001 by D. Johnson