André Jammes Paris, France
Daniel Wolf, Inc. New York, NY, USA
Not currently on view
Berenice Abbott (American, 1898 - 1991)
Paris, France (Place Created)
Gelatin silver print
22.5 × 17.5 cm (8 7/8 × 6 7/8 in.)
© Estate of Berenice Abbott
There was a sudden shock of recognition--the shock of
The realism in Eugène Atget's "documents for artists," his photographs of Paris, was so striking to Berenice Abbott that she immediately sought him out and began purchasing his images. At the time, Abbott was working in Paris as a darkroom assistant to the photographer Man Ray. She had only recently learned how to use a camera. Atget was not difficult to locate, living just up the street from Man Ray's studio. Shortly after meeting Atget in 1926, Abbot asked him to sit for a portrait. He was almost seventy years old then, frail and quite sad after the recent death of his wife. Atget died soon after this portrait was made, before Abbott could show him the work.
Abbott played a crucial role in making Atget's work known. After returning to New York in 1929, she published a book on his work, which featured 176 images, and eventually donated her collection to the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Man in the Street: Eugene Atget in Paris, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum), cover.
Abbott, Berenice and Pierre Mac-Orlan. Atget, Photographe de Paris (Paris: H. Jonquières, 1930), frontispiece.
Trottenberg, Arthur D., ed. A Vision of Paris. The Photographs of Eugène Atget; The Words of Marcel Proust (New York, Macmillan, 1963), rg, p. 7.
Abbott, Berenice. The World of Atget (New York: Horizon Press, 1964).
Szarkowski, John and Maria Morris Hambourg. The Work of Atget. 4 vols. (New York: Museum of Modern Art; Boston: Distributed by New York Graphic Society, 1981-1985) vol. 2, p. 8.
Borcoman, James. Eugène Atget, 1857-1927 (Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1984), fig. 8.
Baldwin, Gordon. Eugène Atget: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000).
Adam, Hans Christian, ed. and Andreas Krase. Eugène Atget's Paris (Köln; London; New York: Taschen, 2001), p. 9.