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Images from the Life of Alexandre Guilbert

Henri and Octavia Guilbert, with son Alexandre, around 1881. ©Quilldrivers

The Eiffel Tower and Celestial Globe at the 1900 Exposition Universelle, where Guilbert spent many of his first days in Paris. ©Roger-Viollet

Pont Alexandre-III and the Rue des Nations at the Exposition Universelle. ©Roger-Viollet

Pavilion of Sweden at the Exposition Universelle, where Guilbert met Lovisa Svedberg. ©Roger-Viollet

Sculpture collection in the Grand Palais of the Exposition Universelle, where Guilbert met the journalist Alain Dieudonné in 1900. ©Roger-Viollet

Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, where the painter Thierry Verchard spent much of his miserable life, and outside which he met Guilbert in 1900. ©Roger-Viollet

The Lapin Agile in Montmartre, where Guilbert spent many nights of revelry between 1901-05. ©Roger-Viollet

Interior of the Lapin Agile. Among the gathering of artists, models, and hangers-on being serenaded by the proprietor Frédé, the woman in the checkered blouse at center left is Gisèle Didier. The two empty chairs in the foreground are the spots normally occupied by Guilbert and Thierry Verchard. Of Verchard, no likeness--whether painting or photograph--is known to exist. Some historians attribute this photograph to Guilbert. ©Roger-Viollet

The Moulin de la Galette in Montmartre, where Gisèle Didier worked as a singer. ©Roger-Viollet

The upper right-hand window marks the studio in the Marais where Guilbert lived 1905-06. Photograph by Eugène Atget. ©Roger-Viollet

Paulette Douglas, around 1905. ©Quilldrivers

Rue du Dragon, where Melpomène’s maison de tolérance was located. Photograph by Eugène Atget. ©Roger-Viollet

Interior of Café des Lumières, the favorite gathering place of Guilbert from 1905 until his death. Second from left is the proprietress Madame Durand, and second from right (closest to camera) is the journalist Alain Dieudonné. ©Roger-Viollet

Demolition of the Exposition Universelle. The ruins and subsequent neglect of the fair grounds was one of Guilbert's favorite photographic subjects. ©Roger-Viollet

Descent of La Parisienne, modeled after Claudie de Rochambeau, during demolition of the Exposition Universelle. ©Roger-Viollet

One of Guilbert's competitors, from around 1907. Guilbert scorned such street portraitists as mere "button pushers". ©Roger-Viollet

Open-air painters in Rue Norvins, from around 1910. Guilbert regarded the work of such artists as mere "remembrances". ©Roger-Viollet

The Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, where an exhibition of Guilbert's works was to take place, before fire ravaged the gallery and destroyed numerous collections. CameraWork XIV, 1906. Photograph by Alfred Stieglitz.

The first-class horse-drawn funeral carriage that bore Guilbert's body to Cimetière Père-Lachaise. Photograph by Eugène Atget. ©Roger-Viollet