Eugène Atget1927 by Berenice Abbott

The year before taking Joyce's photo, Abbott captured the image of the reclusive French photographer, Eugène Atget.

Soon after, Atget died and his vast photo archive was in danger of being discarded. Though short of funds, Abbott saved the treasure of Atget's genius, bulky glass photographic plates and all, for posterity. In recognition of this incalculable act of preservation, Abbott was condescendingly categorized as a student or acolyte of Atget - for the rest of her life.
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