New York: Errata Editions, 2008. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher’s black cloth, spine and upper board stamped in white, original photo-illustrated wraparound band.
Facsimile edition of the French flaneur and pioneering documentary photographer’s debut book, first published in 1930. After taking a stab at acting and painting, Atget turned to photography in the 1880s. While his earliest photos were taken in the north of France, the predominant subject of the last thirty years of his life was Paris. His work, depicting architecture, landscape, and artifacts while rarely including people, was relatively unknown during his lifetime, although toward the end of his life he was taken up by Man Ray and his circle. It was not until American photographer (and Man Ray’s protegé) Berenice Abbott published her landmark monograph on Atget's work after his death that he became internationally celebrated. Reprinted here as the first volume in Errata Editions' "Books on Books" series, in a page-by-page reproduction scanned from a copy of the 1930 first edition. Includes the original introduction to the book by French novelist Pierre Mac Orlan, curator David Campany, and Errata cofounder Jeffrey Ladd. Fine. Item #8083