Batwister - I'd refer you to the fourth volume of Hambourg's work, The Ancien Regime, which shows
Atget's more mature work. However, the previous volume give quite a bit of biographical info and a
good anaysis of Atget's compositional strategies - though none of that tells us exactly what was going on in his head. I get the distinct impression that, all along, he felt like an artist trapped in a
commercial photographer's body, and when the opportunity arose, or the right subject matter was
present, favored his personal visual inclinations. Certainly later in life some of his photographs were
praised by the uncoming surrealist painters, and he was undoubtedly aware of it. No kind of monograph, however, will substitue for the sheer gestalt of the nuance of his best images, which indeed came out most prominently toward the end of his life.