Romania 1899 – France 1984
(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
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