Fort de la Halle (Market Porter)

Eugène Atget1899 - 1900

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Posed with one hand leaning on his cane and the other resting on his hip, this market porter was clearly a compliant subject for Eugène Atget's series of portraits of street tradesmen. As was common with the traditional garb of his profession, the porter's knee-length smock drapes loosely around this man's body, while his broad-brimmed hat almost completely hides his face in shadow. Although he probably used his cane for support, such objects as hats and canes were also, ironically, important accessories carried by aristocratic Frenchmen. Hardly an aristocrat, however, this working man was responsible for carrying crates of produce or animal carcasses in one of the Paris markets.

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  • Title: Fort de la Halle (Market Porter)
  • Creator: Eugène Atget
  • Date: 1899 - 1900
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 22.1 x 18.1 cm (8 11/16 x 7 1/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XM.1034.6
  • Markings: Markings: Watermark on paper reads: "...Rives".
  • Inscription: Inscription: Title and negative number 355 inscribed verso print in pencil. Secondary Inscription: Inscribed verso print in unknown hand, possibly that of Berenice Abbott: "E. Atget"; in hand of Crane cataloger: "L7.7 (Atg)".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs