In the 1930s, Paris was full of life, and Picasso and Brassaï were there to make the most of it . Picasso, impacting the art world with his works, and Brassaï, portraying boulevards and gardens, shops and markets, intellectuals and beggars. The contrasts of Paris parade before his camera, from its dark underworld to the brilliance of its artistic environment , where he profusely portrayed friendly artists and writers, such as Dalí, Matisse, Giacometti, Genet and of course Picasso, whom he met in 1932 and whose sculptural work was the first to photograph. This book deals with that artistic environment, through which the Parisian intelligentsia parades in beautiful black and white images with the unique signature of the Hungarian photographer. The book includes two exciting texts: one by Henry Miller about the photographer and another by Brassaï himself where he recounts his encounter with Picasso.
Brassaï, nicknamed the Hungarian Gyula Halász (1899-1984), studied painting and sculpture in Budapest before working as a journalist in Berlin and later settling in France, where he developed his photographic career. Among his most notable series is Paris de nuit , where he portrayed scenes of the city's nightlife. He also extensively photographed Parisian life, the atmosphere in the streets day and night, and places of social gathering, from cabarets to gardens, from trendy cafes to markets at dawn. Between 1936 and 1963, he worked as a photographer for Harper's Bazaar magazine, and was also a filmmaker and author of numerous articles and twenty books.