Street Fair, Boulevard St. Jacques, Paris

Brassaï French, born Romania (Transylvania)

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Born in Transylvania, Gyula Halász studied painting and sculpture in Hungary and moved to Paris in 1924 to work as a journalist. About 1930 he changed his name to Brassaï and took up photography. The camera became a constant companion on his nightly walks through the city’s seamier quarters, where he aimed his lens at showgirls, prostitutes, ragpickers, transvestites, and other inhabitants of the demimonde. His first and most famous book of photographs, Paris de nuit (Paris by Night), published in 1933, includes
a variation of this scene of three masked women tempting men into a sideshow.

Street Fair, Boulevard St. Jacques, Paris, Brassaï (French (born Romania), Brașov 1899–1984 Côte d'Azur), Gelatin silver print

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