Brassaï made his name as a chronicler of the night, with images that ranged from reflections on wet cobblestones to the denizens of bars and brothels. Like so many of his photographs, Introductions at Suzy’s was not an impromptu scene caught by an undetected observer but rather a carefully constructed tableau meant to highlight the dynamic between buttoned-up bourgeois clients and Suzy’s bevy of prostitutes, naked but for their bracelets and high heels. The "client" was actually Brassaï’s friend and bodyguard; the "girls," however, were not stand-ins.
Inscription: Signed on print, verso LC: "Brassaï [underlined]"; stamped on print, verso C: "BRASSAï // 81, Rue du Faub.-St. Jacques // Paris - XIVe - PORt-Royal 23-41"; stamped on print, verso LR: "[copyright symbol] COPYRIGHT by // BRASSAï // 81, Faubourg St-Jacques // PARIS 14eme Tél.707.23-41"; inscribed on print, verso UL, UC, C: "Page 121 [underlined and scratched out]", "page 122", "pl.363";
[Edwynn Houk to Waddell, May 28, 1985]; John C. Waddell
Negative date: 1932-3. Same image as MMA 1980.1023.8.