Untitled [farmers] by Eugene Atget
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Gold-toned gelatin silver print mounted to single-ply board
Signed by Berenice Abbott, in pencil, with copyright stamp, and annotated “#18”, in ink, au mount verso
Printed by Berenice Abbott circa 1956
Eugène Atget (1857 – 1927) was a French flâneur and a pioneer of documentary photography, noted for his determination to document all of the architecture and street scenes of Paris before their disappearance to modernization. Most of his photographs were first published by Berenice Abbott after his death. Though he sold his work to artists and craftspeople, and became an inspiration for the surrealists, he did not live to see the wide acclaim his work would eventually receive.
Slowly Stealing a City: Eugene Atget's Photographs - The Economist, 2012