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
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Charles Marville photographed this snow-covered area along the River Seine while it was being used as a building depot. Piles of paving stones for new roads line the water's edge, and larger blocks lie near the ramp that leads upward to the top of the embankment. This early image reflects Marville's interest in documentary photography, which became his specialty after the city of Paris commissioned him to photograph the roads scheduled for demolition by
Corcoran Gallery of Art. A Book of Photographs from the Collection of Sam Wagstaff. (New York: Gray Press, 1978), p. 11.