Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/26

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Subject: Re: [Leica] atget WAS the one-second test
From: Guy Bennett <>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 17:29:13 -0800
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>Well, he would say that, wouldn't he? I agree with you that Atget's photos
>are great but not for the reasons WB cites or, really, that you give. That's
>to treat him as if he were some species of sociological critic, which he
>wasn't. WB is entitled to his reading of Atget's photos as he infers nothing
>about intention but as to 'that's why they worked'...?
>Johnny Deadman

I recall, Atget's initial foray into photography was for financial reasons:
having worked as both a sailor and an actor, he wished to become a painter
but felt he might make a better living as a photographer. He apparently did
not, as he was every bit as poor at his death as he was when he began


In reply to: Message from Lee Bacchus <> ([Leica] the one-second test)