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Berenice Abbott & Eugène Atget Hardcover – October, 2002

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Eugene Atget, the "Balzac of the camera" and a beloved chronicler of Paris from 1898 to 1927, was the master of giving an objective view of the city's poor. New York photographer Berenice Abbott bought all of the prints and negative plates in Atget's estate in 1927, and for 40 years she printed from his negatives, produced new copies of old prints, cataloged, treasured, and promoted the collection. This carefully produced volume is a brilliant window into the art of photography and the beauty that Atget revealed in an earlier Paris. It contains an excellent essay by Worswick, a photographic historian and collector, who tells the tale of Abbott's acquisition and devotion to the Atget collection. Worswick details the long story of Abbott's obsession and her struggle to sell the treasure to a proper collector. It builds to a happy ending with the eventual appreciation and wide exhibition of the photographs. This piece and Abbott's 18-page text outlining her passion for these quiet black-and-white photographs make a solid contribution to photo history. Recommended for all collections.
David Bryant, New Canaan P.L., CT
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Clark Worswick( 1940-) was born in Berkeley, California. After attending the progressive Verde Valley School in Arizona (1954-1958) he enrolled in Visva Bharati University, at Santinikitan in West Bengal (India). Thereafter, he travelled extensively between India and Europe taking photographs, and collecting Indian antiquities in the first wave of young westerners to pass though the Iranian, and Afghan deserts on their way to India. His book The Orchid House Art Smuggling and Appointments in India and Afghanistan recount these seldom described travels. He began collecting 19th century Asian photographs in Calcutta during 1959. He was the First Research Fellow in Film and photography at Harvard University. His books on Indian, Chinese and Japanese 19th century photography were the first works to identify scores of non-European artists working in the medium. His books have been named "Best of the Year" by The NY Times, The London Times, The Washington Post, The Sunday Times, Newsweek and Time Magazine.

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