Hotel Lenois de Mezieres payeur des rentes 19 Rue Michel le conte (3e) – Eugène Atget, 1908
“Purporting to make photographs not as art, but as documentary aids to artists, Eugène Atget left this world with an oeuvre that captured the transformation of Paris at the turn of the last century. Although Atget is now heralded as a canonical figures [sic] in the history of photography, his humble beginnings and methodologies during his photographic career attest to his simple desire to record his city as he knew it.”
-The George Eastman House has just put a huge set of Eugène Atget’s photographs of turn-of-the-century Paris into the Commons on Flickr. Go look at them. Right now.
(via George Eastman House)