Paris seen by Brassai

brassaiOne of my favourite things to do in winter is to cosy up in my pyjamas and enjoy “Brassaï Paris” with a cup of tea.

I bought this photography book a few years ago when I was living in Paris, in the 1st arrondissement. I would just walk around the neighborhood and soak up the atmosphere. Paris is filled with book stores, so I would regularly go in and browse their photography collections. As I moved to London in 2010, I took this little piece of Paris with me.

Brassai (Gyula Halász) was a Hungarian photographer, sculptor, writer and filmmaker. He moved to Paris in 1924 and became a French citizen in 1949.

His depictions of Paris are beautiful and powerful, especially the mystical pictures of ‘Brassaï Paris’. He is famous for being part of the Humanist Photography movement, along with Henri Cartier Bresson, Willy Ronis, Robert Doisneau, among others, which developed after WWII.

Here are some of my favourites from the book, enjoy!

 

PARIS BY NIGHT

Morris Column, 1933

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Staircase in the rue Rollin (Nestlé poster), 1934-35

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Lighting the lamps, 1932-33

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Two lovers on a public bench and a tramp, Boulevard St Jacques, Paris 14e, 1932

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Kiosk, 1930-1932

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Lovers beneath a streetlight, 1932

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Lovers in a small café, Paris 13e, 1932

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Couple at the “Four Seasons” Dance Hall, Rue de Lappe, Paris 11e, 1932

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 Môme Bijou at the “Bar de la Lune”, Montmartre, 1932

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SECRET PARIS

 The Duchess of Zoë at the Homosexuals’ Ball at “Magic City”, 1932

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Streetwalker, Paris 13e, 1932

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At Suzy’s, Paris 6e, 1931-32

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Getting dressed, Rue Quincampoix, Paris 4e, 1932

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DAY VISIONS

 Hotels used by prostitutes in the rue Quincampoix, Paris 4e, 1932

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The kiss, 1935-37

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Marlène, 1937

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Professor Louis Dimier, Member of the Institute, on the bank of the Seine, 1931-32

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Notre-Dame de Paris (devil and pigeon), Paris 1er, undated

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The Dream – Shop window on the Boulevards, 1934

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ARTISTS OF MY LIFE

Picasso, Paris 6e, 1939

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Jean-Paul Sartre at the Café de Flore, Paris 6e, 1944

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Dali and Gala at the Villa Seurat, Paris 14e, 1932

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Henry Miller standing in the doorway wearing a hat, 1931-32

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I hope you enjoyed the travel back in time!

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Brassaï Paris, TASCHEN

Happy Sunday!

A.