Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Eugène Atget

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
September 10–November 27, 2005

Curated by Peter Barberie and Katherine Ware

Atget’s photographs of Paris—what he modestly termed his “documents”—have entered the canon of twentieth-century photography. Rather than argue his already established legitimacy, this exhibition provides a perspective on Atget through the sensibility of a collector and a photographer, both of whom loved and conserved his work. The 120 photographs are from the collection of Julian Levy, known for his pioneering art gallery (established 1931). Many of these pictures, taken between 1890 and 1926, were printed in the ’30s by Berenice Abbott, who rescued so many of Atget’s negatives from oblivion and whose own photographs were informed by his work. This show is obligatory for anyone interested in Atget and his photographic legacies.