Fête du Trône

Eugène Atget French
Printer Berenice Abbott American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 852

Berenice Abbott made new contact prints from Atget’s glass-plate negatives, experimenting with various photographic papers and processes to try to approximate the clarity and detail of Atget’s own prints. Sometime early in 1930, Walker Evans visited Abbott’s studio in New York’s Hotel des Artistes, where she stored her vast Atget archive. Deeply affected by the French photographer’s work, Evans left that day with four of Abbott’s Atget prints: this one and three others. Although Atget’s work was never exhibited during his lifetime, his soulful documentation of Paris had a profound impact on both Abbott and Evans, and contributed to the emergence of a documentary style in twentieth-century American art photography.

Fête du Trône, Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris), Matte gelatin silver print from glass negative

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