Paris by night

Auteur (photographe) : Brassaï

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Pour découvrir les rues nocturnes de Paris dans les années 30. ©Electre 2024

The city of Paris bewitched Brassaï. Working as a journalist by day, by night he roamed the streets of the capital and visited its bistros, sharing moments in the lives of the prostitutes and peddlers, down-and-outs and illicit lovers who lived on the margins of society. Their nocturnal surroundings fascinated the artist, whose photographs are as much an exploration of the technical challenge of portraying darkness as portraits of a hauntingly dramatic night world. Paris by Night, first published in 1933, features over sixty of these poetic images, and has become an acknowledged classic of urban photography.

Brassaï moved in the same circles as the Surrealists - he met Picasso in 1932, and worked on Le Minotaure, the famous Surrealist review. He retained a very individual creative vision, however, commenting : "The surreal effect of my pictures was nothing more than reality made fantastic through a particular vision. All I wanted to express was reality, for nothing is more surreal." This uniquely modern perspective has inspired a new generation of art critics and historians, and the centenary of Brassaï's birth has been the catalyst for major retrospective exhibitions at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Hayward Gallery, London.

As part of this tribute, the current long-overdue reissue of Paris by Night brings one of the last century's key photographic works back into print.

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Paru le : 01/03/2001

Thématique : Ecrits sur la photographie

Auteur(s) : Auteur (photographe) : Brassaï

Éditeur(s) : Flammarion

Collection(s) : Non précisé.

Contributeur(s) : Auteur du texte : Paul Morand

Série(s) : Non précisé.

ISBN : Non précisé.

EAN13 : 9782080105912

Reliure : Broché

Pages : 96

Hauteur: 33.0 cm / Largeur 28.0 cm

Épaisseur: 1.5 cm

Poids: 1080 g