Yesterday was the 158th birthday of the French photographer Eugène Atget who took photographs of people and things at a time when most photography being taken was portraiture. His photos of paris at the turn of the century are hauntingly beautiful. The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that he has left.
At around age 30, Eugène Atget settled in Paris and became a photographer. The rest of his life was spent recording everything he could that he considered picturesque or artistic in and around Paris, with an eye for strange and unsettling images. His main clients were museums and historical societies. After World War I he received a commission to document the brothels of Paris.