Born in 1899, Hungarian photographer, sculptor and filmmaker Brassaï (born Gyula Halász) become a fixture of the French art scene in the 20th century. When Brassaï turned 40, he went to live in Paris as a journalist. He spent his time wandering the streets late at night taking photographs for his articles, empty cobbled streets, shadowy figures walking hand in hand and dramatic scenes of the streetlamp reflections in the Seine. He became more and more absorbed in these photographs, haunting images that rose him to international fame in France in the 20th century.
The book ‘Brassai: Paris by Night’ by Brassai, (Paul Morand in Books) is out Feb 14th
Image: portrait of Brassai by David Bailey