A Visual Tour of Brassaï’s Paris – 1930s

“I don’t invent anything. I imagine everything… most of the time, I have drawn my images from the daily life around me. I think that it is by capturing reality in the humblest, most sincere, most everyday way I can, that I can penetrate to the extraordinary.”
― Brassaï, Brassai, Paris

 

Gala soiree at Maxim’s, 1949. Photograph- Estate Brassaï Succession

Gala soiree at Maxim’s, 1949. Photograph- Estate Brassaï Succession

Brassaï (aka Gyula Halász: born in Brassó, Hungary (now Brașov, Romania) – 1899-1984) photographed what he saw in 1930s Paris. He captured the high life and the low, showing us the ballet, opera, brothels and high society.

 

Amoureux dans un Petit Cafe, Quartier Italie, circa 1932

Amoureux dans un Petit Cafe, Quartier Italie, circa 1932

Untitled, Paris, 1937

Untitled, Paris, 1937

La Môme Bijou, Bar de la Lune, Montmartre, 1932

La Môme Bijou, Bar de la Lune, Montmartre, 1932

Streetwalker near Place d’Italie, 1932

Streetwalker near Place d’Italie, 1932

A Morris column in the fog, Avenue de l’Observatoire, 1934

A Morris column in the fog, Avenue de l’Observatoire, 1934

A Monastic Brothel, Rue Monsieur-le-Prince, 1931

A Monastic Brothel, Rue Monsieur-le-Prince, 1931

Fat Claude and her Girlfriend at Le Monocle, 1932

Fat Claude and her Girlfriend at Le Monocle, 1932

Billiard player, Boulevard Rochechouart, 1932-33

Billiard player, Boulevard Rochechouart, 1932-33

View through Pont Royal toward Pont Solferino, 1933

View through Pont Royal toward Pont Solferino, 1933

Passage de Clichy, 1930-32

Passage de Clichy, 1930-32

On the Boulevard Saint Jacques, 1930-32

On the Boulevard Saint Jacques, 1930-32

 

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