Completely understand what Diapositivo's said and feel this way about many other photographers. Perhaps I need to give Atget another go.

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A lot of his earlier work was simply stock photography adapted to the commercial dictates of the era...
This is how I've seen Atget's work up until now. Turn of the century stock photography.

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I personally consider Atget to be the most visually sophisticated
photographer of all time, at least his old age productions.
Which books feature his later, more sophisticated work? Perhaps this is what I should be looking at. Maybe you could post some image examples comparing his early work with his later stuff...?