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Introductions at Suzy's

Brassaï (French (born Romania), Brașov 1899–1984 Côte d'Azur)

1932–33, printed 1960s
Gelatin silver print
23.1 x 16.8 cm (9 1/16 x 6 5/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
Photograph by Brassaï. Copyright © Gilberte Brassaï
  • Description

    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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    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";

  • Provenance

    [Edwynn Houk to Waddell, May 28, 1985]; John C. Waddell

  • Notes

    Negative date: 1932-3. Same image as MMA 1980.1023.8.