by Lauren Lamm
Eugene Atget was born in 1857 and orphaned at the age of five. He was raised by his grandparents.
At first, Atget had his sight set on acting in films, but then settled on painting. As photography became popular, he changed his mind once again to be a photographer.
Despite his higher class status, Atget resisted material items and dedicated his life to living simply by eating nothing but bread and milk, dressing in old clothes, and reusing paper.
Another photographer of the time, Man Ray, had a studio close to Atget's apartment, and the two met in the early 1920s. Man Ray showed high interest in Atget's photography.
Eugene Atget's photos depict scenes of the streets of Old Paris from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.