[Early Photography]; Atget, Eugene; Recht, Camille (introduction)
Title LICHTBILDER (PICTURES)
Book Condition Very good
Edition First Edition
Publisher Paris Verlag Hemri Jonquières 1930
Seller ID 867
4to (8½” x 10¾”). Limited Edition. Number 814 of 1000 copies printed on Navarre paper. White cloth binding printed with ATGET in black on front board and spine. Frontis. portrait of Eugene Atget by Bernice Abbot and 96 full page plates from Atget's negatives. Following the introduction, Atget's work is printed on the recto of each page, leaving the verso blank so that each image can be enjoyed without distraction. Faint soiling to the cloth.
Eugene Atget (1857–1927) was a pioneer of documentary photography who spent many years photographing the buildings, streets, public sculptures and people of Paris, hoping to capture the Paris of his time before it was lost to development. Atget's work was admired by many contemporary artists, including Man Ray who liked the surrealist quality of Atget's photographs (showing both real and dreamlike qualities).Atget's work was unknown outside of Paris until Bernice Abbott worked with Henri Jonquières and Erhard Weyhe (The Weyhe Galleries in New York) to have this monograph (the first of Atget's work) published. Scarce.