Another photography exhibition that is worth seeing, is Brassai's "For the love of Paris" at the Hotel de Ville, which is located 10 minutes walking distance from our hotels the Villa d'Estrées
and the Residence des Arts
Brassai is one of the greatest of all contemporary photographers. Born on September 9th 1899 in Brassó, Transylvania, Brassaï's original name was Gyula Halász. His pseudonym is derived from his native city. He studied painting and sculpture in Budapest and later trained as an artist and settled in Paris in 1924. He began by being a journalist, living in the Montparnasse district, home at the time of a huge amount of artists.
His love for Paris and his job led him to start photography. He became friends with important figures such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, and Henry Miller. His fascination for Paris led him to wander the streets late at night looking for a special moment to capture. In addition to street photography, Brassai captured stark, revealing images of the people of the night (prostitutes, pimps, intellectuals, and artists). His first book "Paris de Nuit" (Paris by night), released in 1933, was a huge success. He was named by his friend Henri Miller "the eyes of Paris".
Brassai was also the author of seventeen books and numerous articles. In the sixties, he stopped photography and concentrated on sculpture.
"Brassai, Pour l’amour de Paris"
November 8th 2013 to March 8th 2014.
Monday to Saturday
10 am to 7 pm
Hôtel de Ville de Paris
5 rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris
Admission free of charge.