The first ediion of the biography of
Eugene ATGET was published by
Pierre-jean BALBO in 1974.
One copy remains in the falmily library.
The second edition was published by Pierre-jean in 1992. A small stock of that edition is still available.
Description of book:
Format 22 X 24,
126 pages, state of copy-NEW.
This second edition of the book produced by the original editor gives an unparalelled view of Atget's life and achievements.
The book benefits by more full page illustrations, carefully made from the original glass plate negatives by Pierre-jean BALBO who had the rare privilege to access these highly garded plates. Printed in black and white bichrome.
Editions Paris Audiovisuel / Pierre-Jean BALBO, 1992, 18€ (+postage)
HISTORY OF THE TWO EDITIONS
En 1975, Pierre jean Balbo published the first biography of Eugène ATGET, the first in-depth study about ATGET by Jean Leroy. As a young author passionate about the history of this period in Parisian culture, Mr. Leroy succeeded to collect many first hand tetimonies from friends and aquaintances who knew Eugene ATGET.
Seventeen years after this first edition was released, the tireless author completed an intense follow-up investigation that resulted in a richness of insight. Inspired by this bounty of information, Pierre-jean succeeded to make some of the last reproductions using the original glass negatives which even the historical government archive declined to do.
Great advances in printing offered the chance to rediscover Atget from a new angle . The first edition employed a sepia toned printing which was abandoned in the second edition in favour of a bichrome black and white printing process. This book is in french. It remains a cited source of much information that has been used in several impressive studies of Atget, a subject of long enduring interest to experts and the general public.
By Jean LEROY