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Brassai (1899–1984) was the first and is still the most famous photographer to chronicle Paris after dark. Born in Hungary, he came to the French capital in 1924, working first as a journalist and then embracing photography, but it was the Paris of the 1930s that forms the bedrock of his body of work.


Walking the city’s streets at night, Brassai captured a
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Hardcover, 312 pages
Published September 9th 2013 by Thames Hudson
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Leonard
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it
A very thorough coffee table book about the famous Paris photographer Brassai. It includes many of his photographs taken at night in that famous French city. His work is good, and at that time, quite original and popular, but I still like Atget better. Brassai primarily photographed people and Atget the "cityscapes" of Paris. Both are important but Brassai's work seems more dark and sad, perhaps because it was taken at night and is of people of poor people, the homeless, prostitutes, sewer work ...more
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Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are like me, then you cannot own enough coffee table books filled with long-dead prostitutes and street criminals. But even if you are not like me, I recommend this book highly. Brassai was friend to Picasso and Miller and had a very creative eye as he wandered the capital of the civilized world after dark. Technically, none of these photographs are dazzling marvels and Brassai hardly invented street photography. But this is a passport to a Paris that is long vanished and never to return, ...more
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George Brassaï (pseudonym of Gyula Halász) (9 September 1899 — 8 July 1984) was a Hungarian photographer, sculptor, and filmmaker who rose to international fame in France in the 20th century. He was one of the numerous Hungarian artists who flourished in Paris beginning between the World Wars. In the early 21st century, the discovery of more than 200 letters and hundreds of drawings and other item ...more