He was shooting for eternity
Pablo Picasso regretted that Brassai gave up painting and took up photography: “It’s like that to develop the mine with silver, with gold,” – said the artist, but Brassey willingly posed for pictures. Also a brilliant portraitist, he was considered Salvador Dali, who starred in Brass for life.
Brassai (Brassaï) was born on September 9, 1899 in Brassó, South-East Transylvania, Austria-Hungary. Father and Hungarian mother, he inherited an eccentric appearance and was given the name Gyula halász (Gyula Halász).
Gyula took part in the First world war, after which he studied at the Budapest Academy of fine arts and Academic high school in Berlin. In 1924 he moved to Paris, where he took the pseudonym of Brassai, meaning “from Brasso” and started to learn French on the works of Marcel Proust.
Stormy life in the French capital, absorbed it, and the painting stopped. Brassai, worked as a journalist and was faced with a common for Newspapers problem – lack of illustrations for articles. Then, heed the advice of andré Kertész, he began to photograph.
Best of all he managed urban landscapes. He especially loved to shoot in the fog.
Brassai first began to shoot Paris at night by the light of car headlights, street lamps and the dim light of the bars. He came up with his shooting techniques and use of unsafe magnesium flash, which was once propanil girl dress. Several times on the night streets he was beaten, repeatedly picking pockets, but mostly he had to settle conflicts verbally. As a result, in 1933 the photographer released the album “Paris by Night”, which brought him fame.
In the photographs of Brassaï, dedicated to the night life of Paris, the Central place is loneliness. Patrons of bars and transvestites, prostitutes and their clients, clochard and fortune tellers – figures, lost in the darkness, but not in the crowd. Group shots he did rarely.
Brassai, was a sculptor, writer, painter and even filmmaker, but in the history of world culture was included as one of the greatest masters of photography of the 20th century. Hardly his contemporaries were aware that Brassai takes something special, but he was removed for eternity.
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