Monday, October 24, 2011

Brassai (Gyula Halsaz) - "The Eye of Paris"


"Hungarian photographer Brassai was born Gyula Halasz, but took his pseudonym (after his hometown, Brasso) upon moving to Paris in 1924 and beginning to publish his photographs. He’d moved to the city as a journalist, but soon found himself being tutored by Andre Kertesz in photography, an art form toward which he’d once had an aversion. During the day, Brassai taught himself the French language by reading the epic works of Marcel Proust. In the evenings, he captured images of both sides of Parisian life: the seedier scene of pimps and prostitutes and the salon world of artist and intellectuals. He gathered these images into his first and arguably most famous collection, Paris At Night, which earned him the title “the eye of Paris.” These distinctive shots showcase Brassai’s use of light; the crisp, high contrast images of illumination and shadow are reminiscent of the film noir genre."

"Looking at his pictures, one is not aware of the act of photographing; it is rather as though the subject, through some agency of its own, reproduced itself." John Szarkowski, former director of Museum of Modern Art's department of photography

Paris at might

At a cafe

Lovers at night

Paris at night

Sweepers Luxembourg Gardens

Arc de Triomphe
 Paris at night
Notre Dame
 Paris at night
 Aristide Mailloi
In Mailloi's studio

 Paris subway
 Matisse with model
Picasso in a cafe
Paris at night

Lovers in a cafe

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