Brassaï: a Nocturne in ‘The City of Light’

Hungarian photographer Gyula Halász, more widely known as Brassaï (1899–1984), formed an integral part of the artistic scene of Paris between the two world wars, creating some of the most striking examples of night photography. Brassaï’s oeuvre was eclectically influenced by Surrealism, Italian Baroque, French Realism, and European literature, articulating a visual result of 1930s culture. Although his photographs cannot be classified as belonging to any single art movement the qualities, which they share with Surrealism and Realism bring to mind the debates around photography’s…