I bought amazing book. Genial old photos from Paris. Atget wrote in 1920, „I may say that I have in my possession all of Old Paris”. Indeed, he knew the city like the back of his hand and had the pictures to prove it. He captured the historical, atmospheric Paris: churches, monuments, and buildings, as well as bars, shop windows, street-peddlers, and prostitutes. Traversing all of its layers, he immortalized the true spirit of Old Paris.
The Carnavalet Museum presents the Parisian work of one of the most famous photographers of the 20th century, Eugène Atget (Libourne, 1857 – Paris, 1927).
The exhibition proposes a selection of 230 prints created in Paris between 1898 and 1927.
This retrospective, which brings together some well-known images and others previously unseen, paints an unusual portrait of the capital, far from the clichés of the Belle Époque. Visitors will discover the streets of the Paris of old, the gardens, the quays of the Seine, the former boutiques and the travelling salesmen. Atget’s photographs also reveal the changes in his processes: when he started out, this self-taught photographer tried to bring together landscapes and motifs and then images of Paris streets, in order to sell them to artists as models. It was when he dedicated himself to the streets of Paris that he attracted the attention of prestigious institutions such as the Carnavalet Museum and the National Library, which were to become his main clients until the end of his life.
Independent journalist, painter and aphorist (Grand Prix winner of the seventh edition of Aphoristic Contest in Nowy Targ, 2005).
Photorgaphy for the last 25 years has been an important part of his life, but it’s become his true passion few years ago. The former chairman of FOTOSIS (an association of photographers), Sieradz. Currently, a freelance photographer. Has exhibited his works in cities of Pabianice, Słupsk, Ostrołęka.
Prefers square frames & black and white pictures but doesn’t shun colours. In his photomanipulative works he seeks mood, joke and universal symbols, which can strike, make the viewer contemplate or laugh.