Monday, November 29, 2010

Magasin, avenue des Gobelins

Artist: Eugene Atget
Photo: Magasin, avenue des Gobelins
Date: 1925
Medium: Gelatin silver print, 8 1/4 x 6 1/2"

Eugene Atget was born in Bordeaux, France in 1856 and died in 1927. As an orphan after his parents died in 1861, Atget was raised by his uncle. As a young boy, he went out to sea as a cabin boy. When older, Atget tried to do theater, but was usually the villain in the plays he was casted to. After some time in shows, Atget turned to photography. He took photographs of throughout the city of Paris.

I like thispicture because, when I first looked at it, the main focus is the manikins (or maybe they are just creepy looking people) and the clothes that are being advertised in the shops windows. But the more I look at it, there is the reflection of others stuff. There is some tree and a building that’s across the street. It is cool how he took a picture of the store, but used the windows as a mirror to get more in the picture.  

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