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Eugène Atget: Old Paris photographs exhibition at AGNSW

August 24, 2012toNovember 4, 2012


Eugène Atget: Old Paris -  200 plus of  Eugène Atget’s photographs of Old Paris at Art Gallery of NSW, the only Australian venue for this exhibition.

  • 24 August – 4 November 2012
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • $10.00, $8.00 concession

AGNSW is showcasing the first comprehensive exhibition in Australia of the work of Eugène Atget (1857–1927) with over 200 photographs, primarily from the more than 4000-strong collection of Musée Carnavalet, Paris, with the important inclusion of Atget’s work, as compiled by Man Ray, from the collection of George Eastman House, Rochester, USA.

 Eugène Atget’s photographs offer a portrait of the city of Paris and its outskirts and clearly reveal the evolution of Atget’s work. Atget did not train as a photographer and only turned to it to try to earn a living, having been unsuccessful in other fields. He started out in the provinces but soon arrived in Paris, where he lived for the rest of his life.

Eugène Atget was considered a commercial photographer who sold what he called ‘documents for artists’, ie, photographs of landscapes, close-up shots, genre scenes and other details that painters could use as reference. As soon as Atget turned his attention to photographing the streets of Paris, his work attracted the attention of leading institutions such as Musée Carnavalet and the Bibliothèque Nationale, which became his principal clients.

The Art Gallery of NSW is the only Australian venue for Eugène Atget: Old Paris. The exhibition is jointly organised by Fundación Mapfre, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Musée Carnavalet-Histoire de Paris, and Paris Musées.

On view
24 Aug – 4 Nov 2012
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney

$10.00, $8.00 concession


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