BRASSAÏ, (A prostitute playing Russian billiards, Boulevard Rochechouart, Montmartre) Enlarge 1 /1

BRASSAÏ

Romania 1899 – France 1984

  • France

(A prostitute playing Russian billiards, Boulevard Rochechouart, Montmartre) 1933 Description: from A portfolio of ten photographs by Brassai (Leaf 4: recto)
Creation Notes: printed c.1973
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: Not signed. Not dated. Tertiary inscriptions: Label and fibre tipped pen, reverse, l.l., "BRASSAI/ A PORTFOLIO OF/ TEN ORIGINAL PRINTS/ BY BRASSAI/ A LIMITED EDITION/ OF FIFTY PORTFOLIOS/ THIS BEING/ PRINT No 4/ OF PORTFOLIO No 35/ PUBLISHED JUNE, 1973/ BY WITKIN-BERLEY LIMITED,/NEW YORK, NEW YORK"
Dimensions: printed image 30.1 h x 23.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1979
Accession No: NGA 79.1414.4

For the photographer Brassai, night ‘frees powers within us which were controlled by reason during the day’. Brassai would take regular night walks with friends, photographing familiar parts of Paris in ways that rendered them strange, unfamiliar and alluring. Brassai’s interest in the city at night rested with his interest in the particular pleasures that occur at night: sex, vice, crime and drugs. His subjects were often photographed in a similar way, positioned front and centre. This reflected Brassai’s sense of his photographs as objective records.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra