Wednesday, November 30, 2016
RETRO FILES / BRASSAI ET L’AMOUR
George Brassaï (pseudonym of Gyula Halász) (1899 – 1984) was a Hungarian photographer, sculptor, and filmmaker who rose to international fame in France in the 20th century. He was one of the numerous Hungarian artists who flourished in Paris beginning between the World Wars. In the early 21st century, the discovery of more than 200 letters and hundreds of drawings and other items from the period 1940-1984 has provided scholars with material for understanding his later life.
He Studied painting and sculpture at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. In 1920, he worked as a journalist for Hungarian paper in Berlin. He pursued his study at Berlin Charlottenburg Academy of Fine Arts. In 1924 he moved to Paris. He enjoyed the city and often took pictures at night. Brassaï published his first book entitled Paris by Night in 1933. Because of this book he became famous. He got a nickname “the eye of Paris.”
In his late career, he wrote 17 books and numerous articles. In 1961, He stopped taking photography and focus on sculpting in stone and bronze.