Place made: New York, New York, United States

Porte de Montreuil, Zoniers, 1913, printed 1930s

Gelatin silver print
16.1 x 22.2 cm. (6 5/16 x 8 3/4 in.)
mount: 36.2 x 28.8 cm. (14 1/4 x 11 5/16 in.)
Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund
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 ragpickers’ shacks in an area just outside the nineteenth-century walls of Paris, known as the “zone.”