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Eugène Atget snippet
In 1899, Atget moved to Montparnasse, where he lived and earned a modest income until his death in 1927.
Eugène Atget
Eugène Atget (1857‑1927) was a French photographer noted for his photographs documenting the architecture and street scenes of Paris.
Atget finally settled in Paris, as a painter-turned-photographer in the 1890s. Despite Atget's limited background in the visual arts, he saw photography as a source of income, selling his photographs to artists in the nearby town of Montparnasse. He advertised his photographs as "documents for artists." It was common practice at the time for painters to paint scenes from photographs. By the mid-1890s, Atget bought his first camera and began to photograph more than 10,000 images of the people and sights of the French capital.