Throughout his life—even after the introduction of roll film and handheld cameras—Atget photographed with a large, tripod-mounted camera and commercially prepared “gelatin dry plate” glass negatives. He made contact prints, placing the negative directly on photographic paper, rather than projecting it through an enlarger; his negatives and positives are therefore the same size. Atget printed on three types of photographic paper: most are on a thin albumen-coated paper that was the standard during the 19th century; some prints are on a heavier, glossier, and somewhat rosier gelatin-coated paper; and a small number are printed on a beautiful, velvety, matte-surface albumen paper.


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Artist
Eugène Atget, French, 1857–1927
Title
Meaux - ancien cloître des Chanoines
Date
1910
Medium
Gelatin silver print from glass negative
Dimensions
Image: 8 15/16 x 6 7/8 in. (22.7 x 17.5 cm) Sheet: 8 15/16 × 6 7/8 in. (22.7 × 17.5 cm)
Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Israel Englander

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2018.215
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

Caryl Englander and Israel Englander; given to MFAH, 2008.