Place Saint-Médard
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Eugène Atget
French, Paris, 1898 - 1900
Albumen print
8 5/8 x 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.