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An examination is made of Atget's style, the range, scope and content of his photographic work. The purpose of this dissertation is: to clarify facts about Atget's career, to draw conclusions about the way Atget photographed and developed a personal style through an examination of Atget's original prints and other source material, and to determine whether the published view of Atget is representative of his work as a whole. Eugene Atget made an exhaustive photographic record of aspects of Paris and its surroundings. While his work was methodical, it was not systematic; mature but lacking in the overall structural clarity which would have made it more accessible. Atget worked in terms of series with varying degrees of completeness and methodical arrangement. Atget made sequential photographs of single subjects. He made refined sequences related by the abstract ideas of time and the investigation of form itself.



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UNM Department of Art and Art History

First Committee Member (Chair)

Thomas R. Barrow

Second Committee Member

Beaumont Newhall

Third Committee Member

Van Deren Coke

Fourth Committee Member

Wayne Roderic Lazorik