[Atget's Work Room with Contact Printing Frames]

Eugène Atget French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 852

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.

[Atget's Work Room with Contact Printing Frames], Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris), Albumen silver print from glass negative

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