Eugène Atget, Marchand de panier de fil de
fer [merchant of baskets and wire]*, 1899/1900. The picture is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and appears in Vol. 4 of Szarkowski and Hambourg's
The Work of Atget, Modern Times.
Photo by Richard Alan Fox
Richard Alan Fox says, "I took this photo at the MoMA in NYC this past February, at a show of Atget prints that included one backlit negative. The bulb was not functioning and this gentleman was replacing the framed object after the electricians fixed the lamp."
He called it "the best any of us can possibly hope for our negatives or matrices."
(Thanks to Richard)
P.S. And just in case you're within shooting distance of New South Wales.... (Thanks to Keith Mallett for this.)
*In case you're wondering why you can't quite "read" his face, it's because it's obscured by a puff of smoke from his pipe.
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