Eugene Atget

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Here’s another post I’ve been meaning to write for some time. Further to my previous post about the first volume of The Work Of Atget that I’d bought, I’ve now secured two more and, being secondhand, they also both bear the marks of their previous owners. Thank god they’re not mint (though that would mean they’d be worth at least £100 more than these copies). In The Art Of Old Paris, whatever happened to Caroline and Frank and Margaret and Tasso? Did they all make it to Paris? I hope they did. A lot of the photographs in this volume are of hovels and semi-derelict buildings soon to be demolished in the great renovations of the early part of the last century, so Margaret’s (or Tasso’s) entreaty to “fasten some fantasies to these pages” is just a little strange.

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My edition of Old France (Volume 1) breaks my heart a little: “Public Library DISCARD Columbus Ohio”. Borrowed only 15 times between 1983 and 1995 – what could the denizens of Columbus have been thinking? They deserve to be thoroughly chastised.


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