|Pompe Funebre (1e Class)|
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Around 1897, he began a project to record “Old Paris” and, he continued this pursuit well into the 1920s. Atget was an early proponent of historic preservation. He was driven by the disappearance of buildings as plan to modernize Paris swept the city. And, so, he set out to record the character and details of the timeworn streets. Six hundred of these prints were sold directly to the V&A.
Atget is admired also as a forerunner of Surrealism and his modern approaches to the art of photography are praised. His images were often said, as a form of praise, to resemble, “Crime Scenes.”
This image is part of the portfolio sold to the V&A. It shows a hearse of the late Nineteenth Century as it awaits a first class funeral.