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"The first panacea of a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permeant ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists." -- Ernest Hemingway

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These photographs, taken by Eugne Atget, document all of Paris's architecture and street scenes before disappearing for modernization. In the late 1880s Atgate took up photography and supplied study for painters, architects and stage designers. In 1898 Atget began shooting Paris, using a large format visual camera to capture the city in detail. His photographs, many of which were taken at dawn, are notable for their diffused light and sweeping views that give a sense of space and surroundings. The city's urban landscape was recently reshaped by a modernization campaign known as Haussmannization – a necessary destructive process led by (and named after) Baron Georges-Eugne Haussmann, which led to the destruction of Paris. The medieval neighborhood was razed and turned into wide avenues and public parks.