BRASSAI AT THE HOTEL DE VILLE
The Hungarian born photographer and journalist was fascinated with his adopted city of Paris. After art studies in Berlin, he moved here in 1924 and Brassaï was soon running with the artists and intellectuals of the day. Though he denied being a Surrealist, he shared their fascination with the city, the magic of night and the dream world. A tireless wanderer of night-time Paris, Brassaï used the night-time light of the city to showcase an offbeat, little-known, sometimes despised side of Paris. In his wanderings, either alone or in the company of Henry Miller, Blaise Cendrars or Jacques Prévert, he gave visible form to the humble prostitutes and to the night workers at Les Halles. He transformed the classical rigour of Paris architecture into strange scenes and captured the unusual beauty of fleeting silhouettes, blinding lights and fog hanging over the Seine.
>Until 8 Mar. >10am-7pm. Closed Sun. Free entry. >Hôtel de Ville de Paris, 5 rue de Lobau, 4th.
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