After an introduction to master photographer Bernice Abbott's thoughts I touch on her work then dive into Eugene Atget's unbelievable gift for taking a scene beyond the document into the realm of poetry with his seamless undoctored approach.
As stated by John Szarkowski, "I think that Atget is the single most inexhaustibly interesting of all photographers so far. More interesting than Stieglitz or Weston or Cartier-Bresson; even more interesting than Walker Evans, who was his greatest student."
For additional insights:
The World of Atget by Bernice Abbott