Romania 1899 – France 1984
Fille de joie, quartier Italie
Paris, Île-de-France, Ville de Paris department, France
Creation Notes: printed c.1979
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
For the surrealist 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 and unfamiliar. Brassai’s interest in the darkness of the city rested as much with the pleasures that occur at night (sex, vice, crime and drugs) as with the particular kind of beauty elicited by darkness, the beauty of a city transformed by desire and pleasure.
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