Brassaï, The Eternal Flaneur
Thirty years ago, Reporters Without Borders published the first issue of its photo albums entitled "100 photos for the freedom of the press". To mark this year's anniversary, RSF has decided to honor the work of Brassaï (1899-1984).
Paris by night, its cafés, brothels, balls... This was Brassaï's realm. His photos tell of unusual places in the French capital, faces and scenes that have disappeared.
"It was to capture the night of Paris that I became a photographer." - Brassaï
Kiki and her friends Thérèse Treize de Caro et Lily 1932
This 100 pages portfolio presents in seven chapters (Day and Night, Evenings, Canaille, Small Trades, Artists of his Life, Surreal and Without Borders) rare images of Brassaï, especially abroad, sometimes reissued for the first time in decades.
"Some of Brassaï's photographs take us back to the edge of our memory and awaken the images and smells of childhood," writes Patrick Modiano, a Nobel Prize in Literature.
Couple of lovers in a Parisian café Place Clichy C. 1932