Les Escaliers de Montmartre, Paris

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About the Artist

Brassai (born Sept. 9, 1899, Brassó, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary — died July 8, 1984, Eze, France) was a Hungarian-born French photographer, poet, and sculptor. His pseudonym derives from his native city. In 1924 he settled in Paris, where he became acquainted with Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dalí. He earned his living as a journalist and found it necessary to use a camera for his assignments. In the 1930s he became known for his dramatic photographs of Paris nightlife. Books of his photographs, including Paris After Dark (1933) and Pleasures of Paris (1935), brought him international fame.