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April 29, 2012


Eugène Atget Exhibition at the Musée Carnavalet

by soundlandscapes
11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Apr 29 2012

    There is everything I like : “my” Paris, old photos and an historical testimony. I knew this name Atget but I was unable to say anything about one the pioneer of the photography. Thanks for this post.

    • Apr 29 2012

      Thanks for your comment and I’m so pleased that you liked this post. Atget’s work is very compelling and, if you get chance, you really should go to this exhibition. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

  2. Apr 29 2012

    I love these interior recordings that you present, the shuffling feet, the subdued coughs, and hushed voices. They could reflect a time past present or future. I’d never heard of this photographer, so thanks for bringing him to our attention. His focus is a good dose of motivation.

    • Apr 30 2012

      Thanks Jay. At the exhibition I was so totally engrossed in the photographs that I was completely unaware of the sounds. It was only when I listened to the recording later that I actually heard what had been surrounding me. I find it fascinating that I could blank out the sounds because they weren’t essential to me but if the place had been in total silence I would have been very aware of it. I agree that these sounds do have a timeless quality to them.

  3. May 4 2012

    We will be in Paris while this exhibit is still on. I had read about it and made a note to go. Your article is a special incentive and very, very well done. Thanks for taking the time!

    • May 5 2012

      Thank you for your comment. I hope you enjoy your trip to Paris and I’m sure you will enjoy this exhibition … as well as the rest of the Musée Carnavalet.

  4. May 14 2012

    Hi again – just a quick note to thank you on behalf os some friends who are staying in Paris at the moment. After forwarding the link to your site they went to the exhibition and said that it has been the best thing they’ve seen so far. Any more recommendations?

    • May 14 2012

      So pleased to hear that your friends enjoyed the Atget exhibition. As for other things …there is an exhibition of the work of Henri Matisse (60 pictures I believe) at the Beaubourg – Pompidou Centre, rue Beaubourg, 75004, Paris. I haven’t been yet but it has had good reviews. For photography exhibitions the Fondation Cartier-Bresson, 2 Impasse Lebouis, 75014, Paris is always good value as is the Magnum Gallery, 13 rue de l’Abbeye, 75006, Paris. Hope this helps.

  5. Jun 7 2012

    Hello! I just wanted to say I love the blog – I’m currently living in Paris and have started my own blog at and am about to write an article on the Atget exhibition – this was a great read!! Thank you!

    • Jun 7 2012

      Thank you. Atget has always been a favourite of mine. I am captivated by his vision of Vieux Paris and his dedication in recording it. Good luck with your blog. I’ve had a look. You write beautifully so I’m sure it will be a big success.


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