Postcards of a Lost Paris


Rarely seen postcards by Eugène Atget, the famous photographer of Old Paris before he was discovered.


ISBN: 9780878468447 Category:

Benjamin Weiss


Photographer Eugène Atget is best known as a chronicler of a romantic, if disappearing, Paris around the turn of the 20th century. This book presents a series of postcards depicting Paris’s petits métiers, or little trades, exploring another side to Atget’s oeuvre. More or less Atget’s only published works during his lifetime, the postcards capture the ephemeral nature of life in the city and are part of a long tradition of depicting skilled tradespeople plying their wares. In them, Atget presents the market stands, the odd jobs, the cobbled together shops, and the informal entertainment that gave Paris its piquancy and eternally renewing liveliness.

Additional information

Weight 518 g
Dimensions 15.9 x 23.1 cm
Publisher name MFA Publications
Publication date 1 August 2017
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Dimensions 15.9 x 23.1 cm
Weight 518 g
Benjamin Weiss is Director of Collections and Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Visual Culture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.