Eugène Atget was a French flâneur and a pioneer of photography noted for his determination to document all of the architecture and street scenes of Paris before their demolition by urban modernization. Most of his photographs were first published by American artist Berenice Abbott after his death. An inspiration to a wide range of artists, Atget’s genius was only recognized by a small number of young artists in the last years of his life, and he did not live to see the wide acclaim his photography would eventually receive.