Two Apaches in Paris

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

c. 1932

Artist:

Brassaï (Gyula Halász)
French, born Transylvania, Hungary (now Romania), 1899–1984

About this artwork

A Hungarian transplant in Paris, Brassai supported himself with work for the picture magazines of the French capital. His celebrated images of the city after dark, published in 1932 as Paris de nuit (Paris by Night), changed both the way people saw Paris and the way other photographers took pictures. Inspired by his late-night wanderings, the book shows gardens and bridges, lovers and prostitutes, the lights of bars and the backstage areas of dance halls. Although this image of two thugs from Big Albert’s gang was not included in the book, it is typical of that work, with strong contrasts of dark and light and a voyeuristic aura of menace. The black area, which reads as a wall, is actually the edge of the photograph’s frame; Brassai printed half of the image, leaving a panel of black, as if in anticipation of its dramatic impact on the page.

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Photography

Artist

Brassaï, (Gyula Halász)

Title

Two Apaches in Paris

Origin

France

Date

1927–1937

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Inscriptions

Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, on mount, upper left, in black ink: "TWO APACHES IN PARIS / BRASSAI"; verso, on mount, lower center, upside-down, in graphite: "3"

Dimensions

49.4 × 40.5 cm (image/paper/mount)

Credit Line

Peabody Fund

Reference Number

1955.23

Extended information about this artwork

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