While I have always enjoyed street photography, it was only recently that I was exposed to some of Eugene Atget's work.
Between the years 1897 and 1927, Atget documented a city where fast moving changes were happening. He not only documented the progress in technology with his photographs of vehicles, but also the flesh of the city where buildings were being demolished or redeveloped. This type of photography, or typology, was seemingly ignored until the famous surrealist artist Man Ray started to buy Atget's work, sparking an interest amongst the avant garde in Paris. It was Atget's ability to capture everyday objects in detail and ou t of context that really inspired surrealist artists.
The publishers have chosen to lay out Atget's work within certain themes. These include photographs of traders and inhabitants of shanty towns to the parks and castles surrounding Paris at the turn of the 20th century.
Each section has it's photographs arranged differently with varying sizes of photographs on each page. Whilst some of the photographs are fairly small, the reproduction of each photograph is excellent with lots of detail.
There is also an excellent introduction to Eugene Atget, a brief look at his life and works, in three languages, French German and English.
This book is part of a series of publications to celebrate the 25th anniversary of it's publisher Taschen.
The book is a good size measuring 29.8 x 24.7 cm and is well bound. It looks even better without the dust jacket too.
However, while the photographs are well reproduced in this book, showing good detail and contrast, the paper these are printed on are flimsy and lightweight. Given the relatively cheap price of this book, I feel that this can be overlooked.
This is a well made book, and despite the cheap paper, is well printed and bound. If you are interested in Atget's work then this is an excellent introduction to his more famous photographs.