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Brassai (Gyula Halász)

 
Brassai

20th century French photographer
(Hungary, 1899 - 1984, Côte d'Azur, France)

Note: Brassäi is best known for his images of the Paris at night in the 1930s and 1940s. During this time, he captured images of deserted streets, prostitutes, lovers, sailors, and cafe night life, using extreme lighting conditions. The result was the book "Paris de Nuit," published in 1933. With his contributions to the Surrealist magazine "Minotaure," he became friends with Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, and Jacque Lipchitz. In 1937, Brassäi began working for "Harper's Bazaar" magazine, forming a close partnership with its editor, Carmel Snow. In 1962, after the death of Snow, he stopped photography altogether and concentrated on making new prints of his photographs and publishing new editions of his earlier books.

4 objects

Couple at the Bal des Quatre Saisons, Rue de Lappe, Paris

1932
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund
1986.80
 

Quai Along the Seine

1931
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund
1987.35
 

Untitled (Graffiti number 80 from the series "Magic")

printed, ca. 1933-1956
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase, Gridley W. Tarbell II Fund and the Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund
2011.5
 

Giacometti at his Easel

n.d.
gelatin silver print
Gift of Hilton and Esta Kramer
2015.5