brassaï

Born 1899 in Brasso, Hungary. 

Died 1984 in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France.

Brassaï was a Hungarian-born French photographer, poet, darughtsman and sculptor, known primarily for his dramatic photographs of Paris at night. He trained as an artist and settled in Paris in 1924, where he worked as a sculptor, painter, and journalist and associated with such artists as Picasso, Miro, Dali… Although he disliked photography at the time, he found it necessary to use it in his journalistic assignments and soon came to appreciate the medium’s unique aesthetic qualities. Brassaï’s early photographs concentrated on the nighttime world of Montparnasse, a district of Paris then noted for its artists, streetwalkers, and petty criminals. His pictures were published in a successful book, “Paris de nuit“ (1933; “Paris by Night“), which caused a stir because of its sometimes scandalous subject matter. His next book, “Voluptés de Paris“ (1935; “Pleasures of Paris”), made him internationally famous. The MoMA (New York) held a retrospective of his work in 1968, which then travelled around the United States.