Brassaï (Gyula Halász) 1899-1984

brassai_couple2Two weeks ago I visited the “Eyes on Paris” exhibition in Hamburg that presents books with photography about Paris, beginning in the late 19th century until now. It was absolutely stunning to see pictures of a time, which is long gone. The photos which had the most impact on me were the ones from Brassaï who arrived in Paris from Hungary in 1924 and documented the city “under the cover of darkness”. In his pictures he captured people with all kinds of social backgrounds, like the prostitutes on the streets near les Halles or couples in bistros and bars. Especially his view into the shady world of good old Paris makes his photos that fascinating.

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