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Paris Nocturne

Sylvie Aubenas, Quentin Bajac

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'A gloriously shabby tapestry of Parisian life … beautifully produced … a joy' The Times


Walking the city streets at night, Brassaï discovered a previously unseen world and captured it on camera. He shows us every face and every facet, from tough guys and showgirls to prostitutes and pleasure-seekers, from the bustling cafés and dance halls to the stillness of deserted streets and mist-shrouded monuments. Through his eyes, Paris becomes a world of shadows, in which light, the prerequisite for any photograph, is reduced to dimly lit windows, streetlamps in the fog, or reflections on a rain-soaked pavement.

Although firmly rooted in its time and place, Brassaï’s night photography is nonetheless timeless in its appeal. Full of beauty, bleakness and insight, these images assure his place among the greatest photographers of the 20th century.

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'A truly excellent, historic body of work and is a clear example of why Brassaï is still considered a master. A vital purchase for the serious collector of photography books'
Amateur Photographer

'Brings together his most iconic images … the photographs of people in bars and brothels certainly capture a specific view of nighttime Paris in the early 1930s'
The Royal Photographic Society

'Rich in detail and historical connections, we re-visit the images with a renewed insight'
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Book Details

Format: Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)

Size: 29.5 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 312 pp

Illustrations: 296

Publication date: 12 August 2013

ISBN: 9780500544259

Contents List

Introduction • From ‘Paris After Dark’ to ‘The Secret Paris of the 30s’ – Sylvie Aubenas and Quentin Bajac • Brassaï and Paris by Night – Sylvie Aubenas • The Latent Images of the Night – Quentin Bajac • Picture Captions • Bibliography

About the Author

Sylvie Aubenas is Chief Curator of the Department of Prints and Photographs at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Quentin Bajac is The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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