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Eugene Atget: Unknown Paris Hardcover – December 1, 2003

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"An urbanist historian, a genuine romanticist, a lover of Paris, a Balzac of the camera, from whose work we can weave a large tapestry of French civilization." — Berenice Abbott

"The earliest expression of true photographic art." —Ansel Adams

"Without Atget, nobody could really see Paris." —Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

About the Author

David Harris is an independent curator and photographic historian, specializing in nineteenth-century and contemporary architectural and landscape photography. He was associate curator of photograph at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal for ten years. He currently teaches in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University, Toronto. In addition to numerous essays and articles, he is the author of Of Battle and Beauty:Felice Beato's Photographs of China in 1860, Gabor Szilasi: Photographs, 1954-1996, and Eadweard Muybridge and the Photographic Panorama of San Francisco, 1850-1880.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565848683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565848689
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,036,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Walker on August 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book does a very good job of piecing together Atget's photography techniques and explorations. it goes deeply into the subject of Atget's "documentary" style of photography in Paris. He took many pictures of the same spaces but from different angles to achieve different effects. Full prints of his photographs constitute more than half of the book, and balance out the more lengthy explanations by David Harris. This book is organized into three main sections which make for easy navigation through its pages. The first three chapters analyze Atget's photographic style, his life as a commercial photographer, and his life at work. The bulk of the book, and the most interesting part, showcases the seven Parisian sites where he took many of his photographs. Lastly is a short conclusion and thumbnails of his photos displayed in the back of the book. Although the photographs may not be that interesting to the average person, photographers will enjoy Atget's choice of historic subjects and his dedication to documenting the city of Paris. Atget took over five thousand exposures of the city. His pictures explore the exciting subtleties of his home.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Follow your heart on June 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What has already been said is wonderful, I just want to add that these are black and white photos-a lot of late 1800's Paris;no advertising on buildings, a mood of being there is created, a sense of a more sedate time is created in these photos, a slower pace is the feeling here. No modern hectic, rush, stress,get-ahead Paris that can be currently photographed. These old photos are so very well done, they are still pleasurable to view.
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