Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Paris by Night

The photography of

Brassaï (Gyula Halász)
French, 1899-1984
(photo by David Bailey)

From the book Paris by Night

Obelisk and Fountains in la Place de la Concorde

Le Ponte Neuf

Open Gutter

Prostitute at angle of Rue de la Reynie and Rue Quincampoix

Palais Royale Train Station

Foggy Paris

Notre Dame


  1. These pictures are wonderful, they shows a light mastery. I kove these Black and White photographers of the beginning of the 20th century.
    My favorite is maybe the prostitute one. It tells the story that go with. Alone and desolate.

    In an other hand, I would be curious to know where is this curved street. Maybe I'm a bad observer.

  2. These are exquisite - I see why you are fascinated with his work. Maybe it helps add mystique to have been in Paris at night, and to see how well he has captured the spirit of the place.

  3. These photographs aren't simply pictures of Paris but images of a lost place and time. He seemed to be aware of this aspect as he nursed them through the development process. They are filled with love and longing.

  4. how beautiful...there is a softness, almost like a velvet feel to them...I see why you love them.

  5. These photos are wonderful! I don't think anything but black and white could do justice to Paris.

  6. the light is magic and the composition is masterful

    beyond beautiful!

  7. i love black and white photograpy- the textures and shading and shadows and light- and brassai was a master :)

  8. On second thought, I think that woman is waiting for a bus.

  9. Susan: your comment made me smile - a lot. :-)

  10. Thank you, everyone and welcome Catherine. I love your blog!

  11. Wow! Beautiful! I love black & white photos.

  12. Black and white photography is so explicit - explicit in tell the story without getting sidetracked with extras. That probably made no sense. Point being, I love B&W photography. Seems pure somehow.

    I think your blog is going to be my art appreciation lesson of the week.

  13. Gorgeous.

    I collect old photography books (when I can find them). They're filled w/ B&W photos that are evocative beyond compare.

    It's funny: it's like we have to subtract color, to really be able to SEE, y'know? 8-)

  14. Searching: I'm not sure if it's possible to photograph things in quite the same way with digital. And I completely understand what you said! :-)

    JCF: another very striking point. And your comment and Willoughby's go hand-in-hand. I love how that happens in blog comments sometimes. Some sort of synchronicity.

    I'm right now trying to find the best deal on a used copy of Paris by Night. :-)

    Nice to hear from you, J

    All the love,


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