Brassaï

  • HUNGARIAN COLLECTION

    PHOTO LONDON, BOOTH B8 - Featured artists May 19, 2016

    PHOTO LONDON BOOTH B8

    19-22 May, Somerset House

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  • BRASSAï

    PARIS PHOTO SPECIAL FEATURE November 11, 2015

    Brassai, “The man from Brasso”, the Hungary university town where he was raised, was born Gyula Halasz. He studied art in Budapest and then in Berlin. Son of a university professor who taught French, he had come to Paris first as a small boy, and stayed for a year with his father. The attitude of simple wonder never left him, and regardless of subject matter his astonished eye is one of the constant elements in his work. He returned to Paris in 1923, ‘mild, with protuberant eyes and wearing the costume of the ordinary,’ and was drawn to the neighborhood of Montparnasse in particular. He prowled the streets, commenting “My camera sees all different kinds of people and with impartiality fixes them on the negative. Whatever I see and feel about people the camera sees”. In this way he managed to capture something profound about the many personalities that he encountered. He talked of “a time, a place, a moment when a certain picture is possible and how if one fails then, one can no longer return to recapture it”.

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