4.5.10 Atget and Emptiness

Eugene Atget, a Parisian photographer who captured many images of the old quarters of Paris and its surrounding parks, spent thirty years making more than 10,000 images with an outdated wooden view camera. His images appear as dreams, and often Atget captures odd juxtapositions of objects or captures commonplace scenes without people. Essentially, he removed scenes from the rest of the world and preserved the Paris of the past.

The bottom image, entitled Coin de la Rue Valette et Pantheon and taken in 1925, preserves a ghostly scene in Paris. The top image, which I captured atop a hotel in Paris roughly three years ago during the morning, might mirror an image that Atget would make if he were alive and living today in Paris.

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