Brassai: The ‘Eye of Paris’

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    Spoiler alert: There is a butt shot at the end of the article.
     
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    Butts don't spoil it for me :wink:
     
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    Are you trying to warn or entice us? :smile:
     
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    Brassai is IMO on of the top 5 photographers of all time, I would include August Sander, Brett Weston, Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Steichan as the other contenders. I absolutely love his work.
     
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    Every time I look at photographs from that era, I am again impressed at how these photographers took great pictures using film that was rated medium speed or less by today’s standards. I assume Brassai may have used a tripod for some shots, but photographers like Cartier-Bresson, or Gene Smith, or so many others were hand-holding, and doing a great job getting the images they sought.
     
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    Yes indeed he used a tripod I have seen a picture of him at work, he even timed some of his night shots by the length of time to smoke a cigarette.
     
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    Yes. besides slow speeds, he probably shot on glass plates. Not casual snap shooters. I'm sure gut instinct and experience played a part in their photography.
     
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    Glass Plate - that would be indeed interesting - his work inside the lounges is so detailed the company's making these plates must have been awesome. I have a few of his books and the reproductions are very good.
     
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    I'm sure they glass plates or safety film, it's interesting. Brassai showed a side of Paris that is long gone. It took a lot of work and courage to shoot Paris nightlife with the technology available back then.
     
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    Brassai may have been the wink of an eye in Paris, but Atget captured Paris for all of eternity.
     
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    By the early 1950s when even your doctor thought that smoking was good for you I am surprised that cigarettes were not marketed as essential for the right exposure for night photography :D

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    I always thought that was a cool story, enough to make me want to take up smoking again.
     
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    They stop making Gauloises cigarettes so forget it and vaping is not as sexy. :wink:
     
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    Well I could take up a pipe..
     
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    Now you're talking! You don't inhale either.
     
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    The connection with Henry Miller resonates. Not pipe smokers, enjoyed wimmen and excess.
     
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