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Eugène Atget and old Paris

atget-1.jpgSpring 2012 in the Carnavalet Museum of the old Parisian quarter Marais is characterized also by the spirit of the exhibition of the photographer Eugène Atget, who with his pictures artistically and truthfully documented the history and atmosphere of Paris of the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.

In 1920 Eugène Atget writes to the Minister of Culture: „Sir, For more than 20 years I have collected by my work and  individual initiative, in all old streets of Paris, photographic pictures of the 18/24 formate, artistic documents of the nice  architecture from 16th to 19th century. This huge artistic and documentary colleatget-2.jpgction is now finished. I can say that I own the whole Old Paris.“

230 photographs from Paris of the period from 1898 to 1927 will take you over to this old Paris, you will find yourself in the time, when in the streets you could meet the peddlers selling the toys, lamps, baskets, you will have a look into the life of simple people.

Eugène Atget is not known only in France but has become famous world-wide. Photographers such as Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson or Brassaï considered him to be the master. From his pictures you get an impression of a perfect composition and a certain mysticism, which reminds us that the world of his photographs belongs to the past.

Streets, gardens, yards of the Parisian houses...will take you from the presatget-3.jpgent Paris several decades back to the past, to Paris for us unknown, but which thanks to the photographs becomes more familiar and in our mind we create the connection with the present look of the city.

Musée Carnavalet – 23, rue Sévigné – 75003 Paris.

Exhibition is held from April 25 till July 29th 2012.
Open from Tuesday till Sunday, from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.
Entrance ticket: 7 euro, youth: 3,50 euro, children under 13 free.
Maria Dopjerova-Danthine, Paristep

Preview of picture in folder Paris street | Jan Schinko jr.