Harlots, hoodlums, and heathens in Brassai's Paris "Brassai is a living eye," wrote Henry Miller of the Hungarian born artist who adopted Paris after World War I and became one of its most celebrated photographers. Originally a painter before he moved on to writing, sculpture, cinema and, most famously, photography, Brassai (1899-1984) was a member of Paris s cultural elite, counting Miller, Picasso, Sartre, Camus, and Cocteau, among his friends.
Camera in hand, he scoured the streets and bars of Paris, unabashedly capturing the city s inhabitants in their natural habitats.
Prostitutes, hoodlums, and other marginal characters were the most famous heroes of Brassai s moody, gritty photographs taken often by night.
Including an extensive selection of Brassai s finest photographs and an essay describing his life and work, this book explores the world of Brassai in thematic chapters: Minotaure magazine, Paris at Night, Secret Paris, Day Visions, Artists of My Life, and Graffiti and Transmutations. "
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 192 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Taschen GmbH
- Publication Date: 07/03/2008
- Category: Individual photographers
- ISBN: 9783836503891