Eugene Atget - Work

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Eugène Atget

Eugène Atget is the photographer of Paris. From 1897 to 1927, followed on a daily basis the changes that have occurred in the appearance of the city and there was the same. He was born in 1857, the son of a constructor of carriages in Libourne, and lived much of his life in Paris, where he explored and developed as metropolis, since the notion of non-place to a third dimension, the last one that particularly interested the Surrealists. Atget devoted himself to take pictures not only of narrow streets that crossed the historic center of the city but also courtyards and stairways, shops and shop Windows, facades of buildings, street vendors, among other things. Yet the Atget's Paris does not fall just within the limits of the city, on the contrary, beyond the understanding the gardens of Versailles and Saint Cloud as the notion of transition between the city and the countryside. Not much is known about the life of this "monster of photography" or the purpose of their work is that this exists. Already moving towards the end of his life and work was when the surrealists have taken a greater interest in their work. When shooting entries of shops and guesthouses (1900 to 1920) with its reflective glass Windows/frames, the photographer has created a reality where the interior and exterior look merge into each other, and ghostly faces appear in sight and combine with the reflections of the surrounding buildings. However the series of photographs where the surrealists more pored is his second series of photographs of shop Windows (from 1920), the modern Paris picture, where the passage of time is particularly visible (as compared to the previous series it is observed the change in aspirations and tastes of the people). The collection shows luxury mannequins in the center of the urban scene reflected in glasses with a strangely accurate detail. "Atget saw the space within the showrooms-real illusions-camera as a parody of a theatrical stage, as if the...
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