Place made: New York, New York, United States

La Villette, fille publique faisant le quart, 19e, 1921, printed 1930s

Gelatin silver print
23.4 x 17.8 cm. (9 3/16 x 7 in.)
mount: 36.2 x 28.6 cm. (14 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.)
Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund
2004-345
In just over three decades, the French photographer Eugène Atget made ten thousand photographic negatives that documented the cultural legacy of France and its rapidly changing capital, Paris. Atget considered himself a documentary photographer and marketed his services to artists, architects, libraries, and museums. His diverse portfolio included images of street scenes, including this portrait of a prostitute in the 19th arrondissement. He did not receive widespread recognition until the 1920s, when the American photographer Berenice Abbott published many of his images and championed his work.