Place made: New York, New York, United States

Corsets, boulevard de Strasbourg, 1912, printed 1930s

Gelatin silver print
24.9 x 18.2 cm. (9 13/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund
2004-358
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 shop windows, such as this corset shop on the boulevard de Strasbourg. He did not receive widespread recognition until the 1920s, when the American photographer Berenice Abbott published many of his images and championed his work.