Eugène Atget
Street Musicians, c. 1898

From a profile by Anne Tucker of photographer Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), in The Woman’s Eye (1973):

Abbott’s commitment to photography became an integral part of her life very early. One of her first acts was to purchase the prints and negatives of the then unacknowledged genius who photographed Paris and its environs–Eugène Atget. She had first seen his work while working with Man Ray in 1925. Struck by the untarnished photographic sense of Atget’s images, she purchased some of his photographs and later asked him to pose for her. From his death in 1927 until the Museum of Modern Art purchased the collection from her in 1968, she preserved the collection and promoted Atget’s work through various articles, exhibitions and books.

Strength in admiration and promotion, versus the weakness of envy and competitive denigration…


Berenice Abbott
Blossom Restaurant, 1935

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