In 1984 I photographed in Paris, producing the roughly 90 black and white photographs in this book as an expression of my fascination with the work of Atget.
Eugène Atget photographed Paris from around 1899 until his death in 1929, making his living and also a unique document recording the city and in particular a French culture which he felt was being destroyed by the modern age. Despite his strong feelings for the past, his direct and straightforward approach made him arguably the first modern photographer.
I went to Paris not to try and replicate the work of Atget, but to learn from his work and to produce my own pictures. It was an experience that changed my photography. Searching for Atget I found my own more personal view.