Often called the father of modern photography, Frenchman Eugène Atget embraced a heartfelt realism that influenced generations of younger photographers-including an American, Berenice Abbott, who championed him in his later career and carried on his legacy. This documentary film examines the work of both artists, juxtaposing Atget's Paris oeuvre with Abbott's views of New York, describing how their paths crossed amidst the Parisian avant-garde, shedding light on their unlikely connection to the surrealists, and helping viewers understand the aesthetic and personal bond they shared. Rare archival interview footage featuring Berenice Abbott is included, along with commentary from photographers and artists working today.
'A Marvelous Movie'
- The Montréal Gazette
'One of Photographies Great Untold Stories'
- SBS Television, Australia
'A Beautiful Documentary Film'
- The Knowledge Network, British Columbia
This film premiered at the 27th FIFA Film Festival in Montréal, Canada in 2008. It has since been broadcasted in 8 countries around the world and has screened in theatres and museums all over the world.
This is director Michael House's first film, since 'Eugène and Berenice - Pioneers of Urban Photography' Michael House has made factual films on French cinema icon Jacques Tati ('The Magnificent TATi' - 2009), and British writer W. Somerset Maugham ('Revealing Mr. Maugham' - 2011).