Eugene Atget (1857 - 1927) (More of his work here)

Another great photographer, Ansel Adams (1902-84), writing in 1931, said: “The charm of Atget lies not in the mastery of the plates and papers of his time, nor in the quaintness of costume, architecture and humanity as revealed in his pictures, but in his equitable and intimate point of view… The Atget prints are direct and emotionally clean records of a rare and subtle perception, and represent perhaps the earliest expression of true photographic art.”

Eugene Atget (1857 - 1927) (more of his work here) was one of the first photographers who documented the streets of Paris. Atget arrived in the city from Bordeaux in 1896 at the age of 40. Two years later he decided to devote himself to photography. His writings on the subject indicate that right from the start he wanted to collect images of everything he thought “artistic or picturesque in and around Paris.” Atget’s work is unique on two levels. He was the maker of a great visual catalogue of the fruits of French culture, as it survived in and near Paris in the first quarter of this century. He was in addition a photographer of such authority and originality that his work remains a bench mark against which much of the most sophisticated contemporary photography measures itself.

The pictures that he made in the service of this concept are seductively and deceptively simple, wholly poised, reticent, dense with experience, mysterious, and true.

Martin Munkacsi (more of his work), born in Koloszvár, Hungary in 1896, published his first sports photos in 1921 and in 1927 moved to Berlin, where he worked for Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung, Koralle, Uhu, Die Dame, Vu, Modern Photography and other international magazines. By the time he immigrated to the USA in 1934, he had revolutionized fashion photography. He worked under contract for Harper’s Bazaar, published works in Life to great acclaim and photographed the influential series “How Americans Live” for Ladies’ Home Journal. Munkacsi also worked as an advertising photographer and as a camera man for film productions. Largely forgotten, he died in New York in 1963.

Martin Munkacsi (more of his work), born in Koloszvár, Hungary in 1896, published his first sports photos in 1921 and in 1927 moved to Berlin, where he worked for Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung, Koralle, Uhu, Die Dame, Vu, Modern Photography and other international magazines. By the time he immigrated to the USA in 1934, he had revolutionized fashion photography. He worked under contract for Harper’s Bazaar, published works in Life to great acclaim and photographed the influential series “How Americans Live” for Ladies’ Home Journal. Munkacsi also worked as an advertising photographer and as a camera man for film productions. Largely forgotten, he died in New York in 1963.

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NY 1950
Behind the Gare St. Lazare by Henri Cartier-Bresson
This is one of the most famous photos of french photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who pioneered the art of street photography. He said of this picture: There was a plank fence around some repairs behind the Gare Saint-Lazare train station. I happened to be peeking through a gap in the fence with my camera at the moment the man jumped.
His work and his approach have exercised a profound and far-reaching influence. His pictures and picture essays have been published in most of the world’s major magazines during three decades, and Cartier-Bresson prints have hung in the leading art museums of the United States and Europe (his monumental ‘The Decisive Moment’ show being the first photographic exhibit ever to be displayed in the halls of the Louvre). In the practical world of picture marketing, Cartier-Bresson left his imprint as well: he was one of the founders (together with Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour, William “Bill” Vandivert, and George Rodger) and a former president of Magnum, a cooperative picture agency of New York and Paris

Behind the Gare St. Lazare by Henri Cartier-Bresson

This is one of the most famous photos of french photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who pioneered the art of street photography. He said of this picture: There was a plank fence around some repairs behind the Gare Saint-Lazare train station. I happened to be peeking through a gap in the fence with my camera at the moment the man jumped.

His work and his approach have exercised a profound and far-reaching influence. His pictures and picture essays have been published in most of the world’s major magazines during three decades, and Cartier-Bresson prints have hung in the leading art museums of the United States and Europe (his monumental ‘The Decisive Moment’ show being the first photographic exhibit ever to be displayed in the halls of the Louvre). In the practical world of picture marketing, Cartier-Bresson left his imprint as well: he was one of the founders (together with Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour, William “Bill” Vandivert, and George Rodger) and a former president of Magnum, a cooperative picture agency of New York and Paris