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Brassaï : the monograph

by Brassaï, 1899-1984.

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor Oversize q TR647.B73 2000x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor Oversize
Call Number  q TR647.B73 2000x
"Here are Brassai's iconic scenes of nocturnal Paris with its prostitutes and thugs, its night workers, cafes, dance halls, and theaters; here are the fog-shrouded streets, monuments, and bridges; and here is the literary and artistic elite of the Parisian avant-garde, whom Brassai counted among his friends. Alongside these images, and providing a deeper understanding of his working method, are many previously unpublished contact prints and variations of familiar shots taken from a different angle, differently framed, or as part of a sequence that constitutes a veritable short story on film. Beyond these, there are examples of Brassai's nude studies and magnifications of commonplace objects, the engraved photographic plates that he called "transmutations," his drawings and sculpted pebbles, the graffiti he found so fascinating - indeed, everything to which he turned his imaginative mind throughout a long, productive life." "With the close cooperation of Mme. Gilberte Brassai, the artist's widow, and with the support of Jean-Jacques Aillagon, president of the Centre Pomidou, and of Werner Spies, director of the Musee National d'Art Moderne in Paris, Alain Sayag and Annick Lionel-Marie have succeeded in producing the definitive summary of this important oeuvre. As an extra dimension, the book includes penetrating excerpts from the writings of Brassai himself and of his friends and admirers Henry Miller, Jacques Prevert, and Roger Grenier; an interview with Gilberte Brassai and a biography compiled by her; and an extensive bibliography and list of exhibitions."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The first photograph in this definitive volume of photographer Brassai's now classic work is a self-portrait dated 1932^-34. Standing in black-tie, camera in hand, the Transylvania-born artist gazes with large, widely spaced, hawkish eyes; ferocious eyes, patient eyes, eyes that shine in the dark. Brassai(1899^-1984) came to Paris in 1924 and worked as a journalist before picking up the camera in 1929 to take pictures of the city he'd come to love in the depths of night when streetwalkers and gangsters ruled. In these perfectly framed portraits and cityscapes, artificial light is rendered divine, black is life itself, and beauty is discerned in the humblest of settings. Brassai's creativity and adoration of everything human also led him to make sculptures and engravings, to write, and to befriend artists and writers, many of whom he photographed, and all are showcased here. And, in addition to their own expert commentary, the editors have included an essay by Brassai's friend Henry Miller. Donna Seaman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Brassaï, -- 1899-1984 -- Exhibitions.
Photography, Artistic -- Exhibitions.
Publisher Boston :Little, Brown and Co.,2000
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Other Titles Monograph
Contributors Sayag, Alain, 1941-
Lionel-Marie, Annick.
Aillagon, Jean-Jacques.
Brenton, Jane.
Mason, Harriet.
Centre Georges Pompidou.
Language English
Notes "A Bulfinch Press book."
Published on the occasion of an exhibition held Apr. 19-June 25, 2000 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Description 319 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 306-311).
ISBN 0821226681
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