Brassaï Photography Exhibit

Brassai poster in the metroParis is a photographer’s dream, day or night. Brassaï walked and walked and couldn’t get enough of the city, day or night. “Brassaï, pour l’amour de Paris” is the current free Paris Hôtel de Ville exhibition until March 8, 2014. The exhibit is a Paris panorama from 1930 to 1950. The exhibition catalog is available in English and French. The free flyer at the entrance is available in Spanish, French and English. The best times to visit are at the opening, lunch time and definitely before 3 pm.

The exhibition opens with a contrast in photography and scenery. The photos from the late 1890s in sepia capture the clothing, transportation, new construction and people within the city. Brassaï’s black and whites hang above them and contrast life’s changes from thirty years earlier into the 1930s. It is mind boggling to see the reality and how much changed in a short period of time: constricted clothing, proper behavior, horse-drawn carriages, clean, new building to more comfortable clothing (or none), changed mores, engines, and black, sooty façades.

Born in 1899 in Brasso (Brassov), Transylvania, Gyulus Halasz  moved to Paris in 1924, changed his name to Brassaï in 1929 and became a photographer. Classified as a surrealist, Brassaï started to turn the real into the strange, capture the mores of society, and immortalize Paris scenery using the street lights to cast the shadows and turn holes in walls and wall graffiti into three-dimensional scenes.

Brassai exhibition poster for French catalog

If you are visiting Paris and want to capture the everyday in any weather, pick up some ideas from this exhibit. I had to go back a second time relishing the images and buy the catalog.

Read more details about Brassaï the photographer and the exhibit
Brassaï brochure (in French)
Le jeu (in French) is a game for children (or adults) to play while visiting the exhibit
The Brassaï exhibit briefly on YouTube.

iPad/tablet application is available at the App Store and for Adroid (search: Brassaï Paris)

“Brassai, Pour l’amour de Paris”, 8 November 2013 to 8 March 2014.
10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Saturday, Closed Sunday
Hôtel de Ville de Paris, 5 rue de Lobau 75004
Metro: Lines 1 and 11, Hôtel de Ville station
Line 4: Cité station
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This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!