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Catalogue: Eugene Atget - Paris, 1898 – 1924

Recently published to accompany the exhibition, this catalogue, in three languages, has been written by leading experts on the work of Eugène Atget. Following a short text in which the curators set out the exhibition’s aims, Guillaume Le Gall of the Sorbonne will analyse the way in which Atget’s concern to photograph a Paris that was disappearing locates him in a context that first arose in the first half of the 19th century.

The article by Anne Cartier-Bresson and Marsha Sirven, heads of the Photography Restoration and Conservation Studio of the City of Paris, looks at the technical procedures used by Atget and at the criteria applied in the conservation and restoration of his work. The English writer Geoff Dyer offers a personal portrait of Atget and his work, while Michael Thomas Gunther investigates the relationship between Atget, Man Ray and Surrealist circles in 1920s Paris. 
The catalogue includes reproductions of all the works in the exhibition, organised into the 12 sections listed above. The use of 4-colour printing allows for an appreciation of the tonalities that Atget’s images have acquired over time.
Finally, the catalogue includes a highly complete and detailed biography of Atget, a select bibliography, an exhaustive list of exhibitions, and a list of public and private collections in which his work is to be found. All have been prepared by Françoise Reynaud, Chief Curator at the Musée Carnavalet, one of the leading experts on the work of Atget and co-curator of this exhibition.

A press release with a very useful read on Atget can be found below:


The exhibition will subsequently travel to Rotterdam (the Nederlands Fotomuseum, 24 September 2011 to 3 January 2012); Paris (the Musée Carnavalet, 17 April to 25 July 2012); and Sydney (Art Gallery of New South Wales, 21 August to 15 November 2012). However, for those unable to get there, FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE has created a corresponding monographic website in order to expand the contents of the exhibition and to make it as accessible to the public as possible - great!. Just click on the link here.

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