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[Atget's Work Room with Contact Printing Frames]

Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris)

ca. 1910
Albumen silver print from glass negative
20.9 x 17.3 cm. (8 1/4 x 6 13/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1990
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  • Description

    This straightforward study by Atget of his own work room offers a rare glimpse of the inner sanctum of an auteur éditeur, as he described his profession. On the table are the wooden frames the photographer used to contact print his glass negatives; at right are several bins of negatives stacked vertically; below the table are his chemical trays; on the shelves above are stacks of paper albums—a shelf label reads escaliers et grilles (staircases and grills). Atget used these homemade albums to organize his vast picture collection from which he sold views of old Paris to clients.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Stamped in ink on mount, verso UC: "PHOTO E. ATGET//COLLECTION BERENICE ABBOTT//1 W. 67th ST.//COPYRIGHT"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso UC: "Interior 251", C: "Atget's Workroom[underlined]", LC: "(Cg Inv. 1976-6)"

  • Provenance

    Carlton Gallery, Philadelphia

  • Notes

    For variant (other side of Atget's Workroom) see: Nesbit, Margaret, and Françoise Reynaud. Eugène Atget; Intérieurs Parisiens, Photographies. Paris; Musée Carnavalet, 1982, p.33; for related information see: The Work of Atget, Volume II, The Art of Old Paris. New York: (MoMA), 1982, pp.19-22

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