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Atget Hardcover – February 2, 2004
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In this day and age, we've pretty much taken photography for granted as an integral part of everyday life. There is the immediacy of Polaroids and the limitlessness of disposable cameras, which make a picture taken today a distant cousin to the practice of early photography. Occasionally we need reminding of the roots of photographic image-making, the glass plates, hand-coated emulsion, and massive amounts of other accouterments that were needed to make one image. In Atget, a selection from the lifetime work of legendary French photographer Eugène Atget (1857-1927), we enter the world of early-20th-century photography, which was beginning to bid farewell to the handcrafted picture.
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.
From Library Journal
Eug ne Atget was a commercial photographer who spent 30 years producing more than 8000 pictures of Paris and its surrounding countryside before his death in 1927, when American photographer Berenice Abbott purchased his archives. Though he was unknown during his lifetime, his place in photography continues to grow; at times, he seems to be the Gallic brother of Walker Evans. Was Atget's aim to produce a kind of travel guide to a part of France he revered or to capture the elegance of places, courtyards, and gardens for wealthy clients? We will never know, but both of these books sum up the mystery of his intent and the serenity of his camera eye by describing his work as "enigmatic." Szarkowski, who may be our best navigator through images of lightDhe was director of the department of photography at MoMA from 1962 to 1991Dcarefully gathers 100 photographs, taking us through a sepia-toned era where Atget's silence abounds as he lovingly describes what the photographer captured. The Getty book, part of the museum's "In Focus" series, is less ambitious and might serve as a small but representative introduction to the special legacy of Atget. Useful descriptions accompanying each picture will help students, but the black-and-white reproduction and the two-column text make the images seem colder and the book less inviting than Szarkowski's sepia and margin-to-margin text. Where budgets allow, Szarkowski's approach to Atget is recommended, with the Getty version a second choice.DDavid Bryant, New Canaan Lib., CT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I got out of my chair at lunchtime and took a walk down to the restaurant at the edge of my neighborhood. In those few blocks I had the most productive time with my camera I've had in weeks.
AFAIK Szarkowski was a singular talent in photography criticism. I get the impression that he put all of his energy into doing his job and none into crafting his own image. His love for the art is transparent. His insights are illuminating. His prose is straight and true - and still wonderfully entertaining. His is the kind of intellect... he's the kind who, if you met him at a party you would be dazzled by his insights and still unintimidated - you get the feeling he would be a good conversationalist at an ivy league school or at a truck stop.
I was moved to wistfulness when I finished my first lap of this book just now. Partly it's because of the sweet, sad poetry of Atget's photography. Also Szarkowski illuminated Atget's personal history - his loss of loved ones and his senescence. As the stack of remaining pages in the book grew thinner, the quality of the pictures became more evanescent and the tone of the text signaled conclusion... Then there's the mystery of Atget's life - the few reliable, extant details form the most evocative, photographic biography of the artist haha! IDK - I think the bittersweet poignancy I feel upon first finishing this book is similar to finishing a great, sprawling novel - as if that world vanishes at the completion of the book. Intellectually that makes no sense... IDK while I was reading it felt like Atget was alive, hauling his camera rig around Paris in the early hours of the day.
And obviously Szarkowski was still alive when he wrote this book. Right now is one of those times I really want to thank a person who touched my life so deeply, but he is already gone. Two people, actually.
F*** it - there is no point in me writing about this book, except to encourage you to experience it. It is a treasure.
Let me just quote some of the most accomplished photographers.
“The charm of Atget lies not in the mastery of the plates and papers of his time, nor in the quaintness of costume, architecture and humanity as revealed in his pictures, but in his equitable and intimate point of view… The Atget prints are direct and emotionally clean records of a rare and subtle perception, and represent perhaps the earliest expression of true photographic art.” -- Ansel Adams
"Later I met photographers who had some of Atget's prints. These I considered remarkable and, accordingly, I bought myself a tripod, a black cloth and a polished walnut camera three by four inches." -- Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment.
‘Well this is what you ought to do. The first floor should be all David Octavius Hill. The second floor should be Eugène Atget. Give the third floor completely to Alfred Stieglitz. And on the fourth floor you should have Strand.’ -- Paul Strand commented on a photography exhibition to Beamont Newhall.
"Atget is the Mozart of photography." -- Joel Meyerowitz, BBC documentary.
Atget also greatly influenced other greats, like Walker Evans, Bernice Abbot, Lee Friedlander, just to name a few.
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atget book has realy nice print and great quality.
realy nice print.
fine selection of pics.
a mast have book.