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The FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE presents, for the first time in Spain, the work of the French photographer Eugène Atget (Libourne, 1857 - Paris, 1927), u unique master whose work made a crucial contribution to the history of photography.
The exhibition’s curators looked at more than 4,000 photographs by Atget, from which they selected 288. All taken between 1898 and 1924, they offer a portrait of the city of Paris and its outskirts and clearly reveal the evolution of Atget’s work. The prints in the exhibition have been loaned by the Musée Carnavalet in Paris, the George Eastmann House in Rochester and the collections of the FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE.
The exhibition is organised into 12 sections that correspond to the thematic groupings used by Atget himself. They are: small trades, Parisian types and shops, 1898-1922; the streets of Paris, 1898-1913; ornaments, 1900-1921; interiors, 1901-1910; cars, 1903-1910; gardens, 1898-1914; the Seine, 1900-1923; the streets of Paris, 1921-1924; outside the city centre, 1899-1913; and the outskirts of Paris, 1901-1921.
Photo: Angle des rues de Seine et de l'Echaudé, 6e arrondissement, 1924 | Eugène Atget | Musée Carnavalet, Paris | © Eugène Atget / Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet
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