In a series that occupied him for three decades, Brassaï documented Parisian graffiti. In his perception, these marks were the scribblings of urban “primitives” who, unhampered by cultural restrictions, expressed themselves subversively and destructively. The menacing faces gouged into walls were found objects that, when photographed by Brassaï at close range and in dramatic lighting, gained the mythic power of symbolic masks.
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