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Fascinating and fantastic value
on 8 July 2009
I have to confess I hadn't heard of Atget until the BBC4 documentary series on photography a year or so ago but these photos are wonderful. The series on street pedlars taken around the turn of the last century are a fascinating bit of social history but my favourites are the architectural photos of stairwells, doorways, and alleyways. Some of them are extremely beautiful. As with many art books from European publishers the text seems a bit overblown to me - it might be that something has been lost in translation - but the reason for buying this book is the pictures, and like most books I've brought from Taschen the printing of these is exceptional. Allowing for the fact that the originals are over 100 years old and not in pristine condition the reproduction is first rate. At this price there is no reason to think twice - a beautiful book that provides a glimpse of Paris as it was around 1900.