Eugène Atget (1857 – 1927)
The work of French photographer Eugène Atget documents the architecture and street scenes of Paris throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. What makes Atget’s urban landscapes particularly unique is the continual lack of human figures in his work. When viewed together, his photographs paint a beautiful yet disturbing portrait of arguably the most iconic city in the world; a private window into a lonely and abandoned Paris.
He tried ever so hard to capture the old Paris, steering clear of the massive reconstruction of the city by Haussmann under Napoleon III. Interestingly enough, it is a lot of what Hassmann created that is regarded as so beautiful in Paris today.