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In pictures: Street scenes from Paris in the early 1900s

New York’s MoMA is exhibiting some of French photographer Eugène Atget’s thousands of photos of Paris.

OVER 100 IMAGES captured by French photographer Eugène Atget taken during the late 19th and early 20th centuries have gone on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

The photographer’s evocative images of the Parisian streets were taken to serve as source material for other artists to use when creating their own work. These intentions are reflected in the exhibition’s title ‘Documents pour artistes’, taken from the sign above the photographer’s studio.

Atget captured thousands of images in a career that spanned more than three decades. His particular focus was on the French capital’s fifth arrondissement. According to the MoMA’s curators, Atget never once photographed the Eiffel Tower, preferring to focus on the more mundane scenes of the city.

With permission from the MoMA, here are some of Atget’s images from the current exhibition, which runs until 9 April:

In pictures: Street scenes from Paris in the early 1900s
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  • Rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève, June 1925

    Image by Eugène Atget. (The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Abbott-Levy Collection. Partial gift of Shirley C Burden)
  • Romanichels, groupe, 1912

    Image by Eugène Atget. (The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Abbott-Levy Collection. Partial gift of Shirley C Burden)
  • Marchand de paniers en fil de fer, 1899-1900

    Image by Eugène Atget. (The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Abbott-Levy Collection. Partial gift of Shirley C Burden)
  • Maison où Mourut Voltaire en 1778, 1 rue de Beaune, 1909

    Image by Eugène Atget. (The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Abbott-Levy Collection. Partial gift of Shirley C Burden)
  • Fête du Trône, 1925

    Image by Eugène Atget. (The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Abbott-Levy Collection. Partial gift of Shirley C Burden)
  • Fête de Vaugirard, 1926

    Image by Eugène Atget. (The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Abbott-Levy Collection. Partial gift of Shirley C Burden)
  • Cour, 41 rue Broca, 1912

    Image by Eugène Atget. (The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Abbott-Levy Collection. Partial gift of Shirley C Burden)
  • Cour, 7 rue de Valence, June 1922

    Image by Eugène Atget. (The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Abbott-Levy Collection. Partial gift of Shirley C Burden)
  • Coin, Boulevard de la Chapelle et rue Fleury 76,18e, June 1921

    Image by Eugène Atget. (The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Abbott-Levy Collection. Partial gift of Shirley C Burden)
  • Balcon, 17 rue du Petit-Pont, 1913

    Image by Eugène Atget. (The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Abbott-Levy Collection. Partial gift of Shirley C Burden)
  • Luxembourg, 1923-25

    Image by Eugène Atget. (The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Abbott-Levy Collection. Partial gift of Shirley C Burden)

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