Place made: New York, New York, United States

Coin du Marché des Carmes, Place Maubert, 1911, printed 1930s

Gelatin silver print
image: 23.6 x 17.6 cm. (9 5/16 x 6 15/16 in.)
sheet: 25.3 x 20.2 cm. (9 15/16 x 7 15/16 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 shop windows, such as this shoe store on the Place Maubert. He did not receive widespread recognition until the 1920s, when the American photographer Berenice Abbott published many of his images and championed his work.