[Place Saint-Médard]

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[Place Saint-Médard]


Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)




Paris, France (Place created)


1898 - 1900


Albumen silver print


21.9 × 18.1 cm (8 5/8 × 7 1/8 in.)

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A busy outdoor market in front of the church of Saint-Médard, built in the 1100s, was a natural subject for Eugène Atget, who often photographed commercial establishments. He shot this photograph close to noon, past the height of market activity. After choosing from the "largest assortment of goods in Paris," the market-goers are dispersing, returning to their apartments or perhaps to a restaurant for lunch.

Neither Speech nor Language: Photography and the Written Word (February 28 to May 12, 1991)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), February 28 to May 12, 1991
The Man in the Street: Eugène Atget in Paris (June 20 to October 8, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 20 to October 8, 2000

Smith, Frank Berkeley. The Real Latin Quarter (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co., 1901), for reproduction.

IVAM Centre Julio González, et. al. Eugène Atget, El París de 1900, exh. cat.(València: el Centre; Barcelona: La Fundació, 1991), pl. 1-3, 8.

Baldwin, Gordon. In Focus: Eugène Atget: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000), pl. 4.

Stierli, Martino. Las Vegas in the Rearview Mirror: The City in Theory, Photography, and Film. (Los Angeles, CA: Getty Research Institute, 2013), p. 212.