Sep 4, 2007

Fish Porters

Fish Porters

late 1890s

Paul Géniaux

(French, 1873–1929)

Albumen print

Paper: 17.6 x 12.8 cm (6 15/16 x 5 1/16 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1999.108



Little is known about Géniaux, who was active from the 1890s through the 1920s as a commercial photographer. Clearly a practitioner with a trained eye, he created this engaging portrait of two fish porters dressed in traditional work clothes complete with leather arm guards and metal identification badges. He positioned the men with their fish containers in front of a mounted sign listing the tariffs on goods sold in the Paris Central Market. Géniaux's examinations of the city's laborers were soon expanded by Eugène Atget (1856-1927), who methodically photographed the city and its inhabitants.

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