Eyes on legendary photographer Brassaï.
by Brian Anderson /Exhibition News /Photography.
Brassai was born Gyula Halász in Brassó, Kingdom of Hungary (today Brașov, Romania) in 1899.
His mother was Armenian and his dad was Hungarian. He grew up speaking Hungarian and Romanian and aged just three his family lived in Paris for a year.
When he was a young man, Brassai studied painting and sculpture in Budapest. He joined a cavalry regiment of the Austro Hungarian Army until the end of the First World War.
The legendary Brassai moved to Paris France in 1924, this is where he stayed for the rest of his life, and where he would make his name to the world.
Working as a journalist and often wandering the streets at night, combined with photographs to increase his income, photography itself, was becoming
the preferred medium and the passion just took over him.
He said that he used photography “in order to capture the beauty of the streets and gardens in the rain and fog, and to capture Paris by night”.
Using the name from his birthplace Brasso, he would now be known to the world as Brassai forever.
Brassai captured the very essence of Paris in his photography. In 1933 a book was published entitled Paris de nuit (Paris by Night).
His publication of pictures gained great success resulting in him being called “the eye of Paris”.
He portrayed scenes from the city’s high society, the ballet and grand operas.
Brassai died in France in 1984 but his name will live on in photography forever.
You can catch the latest exhibition of his work in Barcelona from 19 February-13 May, not to be missed if you’re in the city.
By Brian Anderson