Brassaï in New York


© Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris

This wonderfully atmospheric show of 23 vintage photographs of 1930s Paris by Brassaï (1899–1984) comprises of images from his legendary books ‘Paris de Nuit’ (1933) and ‘Secret Paris of the 30s’; the latter of which had such controversial subject matter that it wasn’t published until the 1970s. Originally born in the Transylvanian town of Brasso, Brassaï (real name Gyula Halász) first arrived in Paris in 1924 and soon fell in love with its decadent nightlife. His pictures show us the city after dark, taking us behind the scenes into a hidden world of bordellos, dancehalls, jazz clubs and private rooms to introduce us to the people who inhabit these scenes. In ‘Paris by Night’ you’ll meet opium smokers, streetwalkers on the Rue Quincampoix and cancan girls at the Folies-; and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll wish you were there.

More information at: Edwynn Houk Gallery