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Brassaï in the night
F.Y., September 24, 2018
Brassaï_Girl playing snooker
Brassaï_Girl playing snooker
 
During this time he befriended a fellow expatriate, André Kertesz, who finally convinced Brassai to try his hand at photography. For the first six years of his life in Paris Brassai had avoided photography, considering the medium to be too mechanical and impersonal. His opinion changed quickly when he saw the results of his first efforts to record Paris after dark. He immersed himself in his new-found pastime and in 1933 produced a book of night pictures entitled Paris de Nuit, which met with critical acclaim. Brassai's wanderings around the cafes and bars of Paris brought him into contact with many of the artists and writers living in the city during that period. He established lifelong ties with Picasso, Giacometti,  Sartre, Henry Miller, and many others. Many of Brassai's pictures of the city of Paris were used in magazines; others remained unseen and unpublished until later in his career. These pictures depict in a non-judgmental and keenly observed fashion the prostitutes, opium addicts, lovers (both homosexual and heterosexual), street hoodlums, performers, and night time revellers of pre-war Paris.

Brassai_Kissing in the cafe
Brassai_Kissing in the cafe
 
Brassai - A couple in Bal Musette des Quatre-Saisons, rue de Lappe
Brassai - A couple in Bal Musette des Quatre-Saisons, rue de Lappe
 
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