Brassai: Paris by Night

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Brassai: Paris by Night

Brassai: Paris by Night

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The roads ebb by like frozen boiling rivers, through the blinding lights all effervescent yellow forever dimming upwards, hawking wares like glittering salvations from the heart of the night's pure diversion from diurnal life.

The tiny versions at the back of the book in which each scene is identified are so much sharper with higher contrast than the photographs in the body of the book. The book was a quick hit, and Brassaï received new commissions for publications ranging from the erotic magazine Scandale to Harper’sBazaar. Brassaï’s camera lingered on prostitutes, gang members, and the queer community in the interwar era—he gained entrance to Le Monocle, a lesbian nightclub in Montmartre; and Suzy’s, a brothel, among other underground venues.

The deserted streets could be a factor of the five minute exposure while the close up shots of the street workers, of all occupations would have been necessary because of the lack of electronic flash. There is plenty of atmosphere in the pictures and I particularly like the one of two policemen having a quiet cigarette out side their station. He was soon drawn into the artistic life around the Montparnasse, and also held a daytime job as a journalist.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. The back alleys, metro stations, and bistros he photographed are at turns hauntingly empty or peopled by prostitutes, laborers, thugs, and lovers. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Paris by Night, first published in 1933, features sixty-two of these poetic images, and has become an acknowledged classic of urban photography.By the end of his life, he’d published 17 books and even produced one film, Tant qu’il y aura des bêtes ( As long as there are beasts), which was released in 1955 and won a major prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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