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Brassai. Paris (Taschen 25th Anniversary Special Editins) Hardcover – Special Edition, 7 Mar 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN Gmbh; Taschen's 25th anniversary ed edition (7 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836503891
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836503891
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 2.1 x 30.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This Taschen book, like the one on Dosineau is informative about the man, the photographs, the history and the techniques whilst rewarding you with pages of Brassai's dark and nighttime pictures. I love the brooding charm, the glimpses into the seeedier side of life, the alternatives lifestyles. Scores on all points.
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There are two books on the subject of Paris which superficially appear rather similar and are published by Taschen, namely Eugene Atget's Paris (from the Icons Series) and this, which is of a significantly larger format and also a hardback. You may find them in hardback or flexible-back editions, which are otherwise identical.

Atget was by far the older of the two and died in 1927 at 70 years of age and Brassai, born in 1908 in what is now Romania, did not actually arrive in France until 1924 and Paris a few years later. There are obvious differences in the two photographers' techniques due mainly to differences in their periods of activity and the equipment and materials then available to them. Atget was slightly limited by those of his day, but Brassai much less and able in later life to use some very capable materials and equipment. Brassai lived until 2004, by which time Paris had been through yet another war, an Occupation and a long recovery period during which it gradually evolved from what it had been in Atget's day to largely what it is today. The changes were many and some of Brassai's favourite haunts of old had by then long disappeared.

There is some similarity in elements of their photography but Atget was mostly fascinated by the ordinary, everyday life of his city, often as not by an individual in its streets and Brassai's attention was largely drawn to groups and the unusual or hidden, sometimes criminal, secret, salacious or socially necessary but unspeakable activities of life in the city.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson has always been the pinacle of street photography for me, but as he himself said when it was suggested that he was the most important photographer of the 20th century "that's bullsh*t!", well Brasaii has just opened my eyes, stunning photographs! Some beautifully composed photo's here, some of the best street photo's i've ever seen and presented in a fine quality hardbacked book with top-notch printing. It's a super book, really super, and the price is very good for this level of printing. My book arrived in it's own cellophane shrink wrap and well packaged in an Amazon cardboard sleeve.
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I own several other books about the work of Brassai, but this one covers all the artists' various subjects, not just concentrating on his Paris night photos. The portraits of the Paris 30's miieu of artists and writers are fascinating, and very informal, as he counted most of them as his friends. His fame began with his photos of the more salacious side of Paris nightlife, the gay bars and clubs, the streetwalking prostitutes and the "hotels de passe" where they would take their customers, the criminal gangs (who did not seem to mind being photographed by him at all) and the opium dens - this last is not featured as such in this book,as he latterly regretted the publication of some of those pictures, but some of them do appear in the book, carefully re-captioned. The key to understanding the amazing quantity his work is to realise that he was the archetypal "flaneur" or night-walker - he roamed the streets of Paris with his camera, often alone, every night, all night, in search of pictures, or perhaps something else, we will never know.
This book is very enjoyable, the reproductions are very good and the insights into the life and times of the man are rewarding. Thoroughly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
A lovely book and a very good price.good quality .I would recommend it very much indeed.Great photos of a lost Paris !
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Wonderful book, and what a great price! You can never go wrong with Taschen books though. The photographs within are stunning, if you like this photographers work you will love this book. It's a good size with clear images, quite a treat in fact.
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There seems to be a glut of books on the market at the moment offering us an insight into Paris (and French) working class life during the 20th Century and the world is a better place for them. You can spend hours savouring these works of art from an era gone forever.
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Anyone who visits Paris will appreciate the sheer scale and scope of the work of Brassai. His moody shots of a misty Seine or Canal St Martin are captured in his own unique style as are the brief moments caught in the bars and clubs which he frequented. The epitome of Paris of the thirties it is a must for anyone interested in this most beautiful of all cities.
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