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A great collection of Brassai's photographs and personal view of Paris. It takes you back to another era, and it is most exciting seeing portraits of all those great artists living in Paris at the time. Highly recommended, both for the photography and the historical significance.
Great book for an introduction to Brassais' work. He really took great pictures and indeed his work was a long reportage on human life. My favorite sections were definately "Paris by Night" and "Artists of My Life".
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“My images were surreal simply in the sense that my vision brought out the fantastic dimension of reality. My only aim was to express reality, for there is nothing more surreal than reality itself. If reality fails to fill us with wonder, it is because we have fallen into the habit of seeing it as ordinary.”
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