Sunday, 27 February 2011

Brassai's Paris

Some beautiful images of Paris to swoon over! I love the way he uses light in his photographs.

Brassaï (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.



Brassaï captured the essence of the city in his photographs, published as his first collection in 1933 book entitled Paris de nuit (Paris by Night). His book gained great success, resulting in his being called "the eye of Paris" in an essay by his friend Henry Miller. In addition to photos of the seedier side of Paris, Brassai portrayed scenes from the life of the city's high society, its intellectuals, its ballet, and the grand operas.

'Prostitute at angle of Rue de la Reynie and Rue Quincampoix' 1933

 He was also friends with Picasso, Matisse and Dali.

This following photograph, captures (in a slightly more sinister, less attractive manner) something similar to the protagonist of one of my favourite novels Good Morning, Midnight. Though the protagonist of that novel has none of this photograph's hard swagger - the idea of sitting alone in a cafe in finery drinking pernod, certainly does.

Bijou au Bar de la Lune, Montmartre, c. 1932, Brassaï

I would also direct you to this Brassai nude which is incredibly beautiful and soft. 

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