Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget (1857 – 1927) was a French photographer best known for his photos of “Vieux Paris”.
He studied at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Paris for a year but was dismissed to finish his military service. Atget produced nearly 12,000 pieces of work (approximately 2000 8×10 glass plates and 10,000 prints). The Government purchased over 2,600 of Atget’s plates to deposit in the national historic registry. He started his career as a photographer around 1890; Atget utilized the technique of “vignetting,” which exposes the center of the photograph to be bright and clear while the edges fade away in saturation and clarity.