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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 6. Brassaï (1899–1984)

Paris photographer Brassaï (Gyula Halász) was actually born in Transylvania, though he lived in Paris most of his life. His most famous works come from his book Paris de nuit (Paris by Night). Brassaï photographed everyone from the poor and disenfranchised to the wealthy elite. His images include a flamboyant woman inside a café, a statue in the fog at the park, and a lamp-lined staircase. Each is a work of art in shadow and light. His misty street scenes and shadowy ladies of the night figures captivated the Paris art world. Later in his life, he photographed painters Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Brassaï was also a filmmaker and a writer. His film Tant qu’il aura des bêtes won an award at the Cannes Film Festival ...

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