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Boulevard de Strasbourg

Eugène Atget French

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Eugène Atget became the darling of the French Surrealists in the mid-1920s courtesy of Man Ray, his neighbor in Paris, who admired the older artist’s seemingly straightforward documentation of the city. Another American photographer, Walker Evans, also credited Atget with inspiring his earliest experiments with the camera. A talented writer, Evans penned a famous critique of his progenitor in 1930: "[Atget’s] general note is a lyrical understanding of the street, trained observation of it, special feeling for patina, eye for revealing detail, over all of which is thrown a poetry which is not ‘the poetry of the street’ or ‘the poetry of Paris,’ but the projection of Atget’s person."

Boulevard de Strasbourg, Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris), Gelatin silver print

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