‘Brassaï – Iconic Images of 1930s Parisian Life’ will be on display at Amsterdam’s Foam museum for photography from September 13 to December 4, 2019. The showcase marks the first retrospective of the French photographer’s work in the Netherlands.
Brassaï was best known for his remarkable images of Parisian nightlife in the 1930s. Born in Hungary under the name of Gyula Halasz, he emigrated to Paris in 1924, where he initially worked as a newspaper correspondent. He soon realised that his articles would be easier to sell if they were accompanied by visuals – prompting him to turn to photography under the tutelage of fellow Hungarian, André Kertész.
He first rose to fame with the photo book ‘Paris de Nuit’, published under the pseudonym of Brassaï in 1933. Among the countless iconic images that followed were portraits of contemporaries such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Henri Matisse. Throughout his long and prolific career, the photographer received numerous honours and awards. Brassaï passed away on July 7, 1984, in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, and was buried at Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris.
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