Brassai In America

by Brassai
Contribution by Agnes De Gouvion Saint-cyr

Rizzoli | October 11, 2011 | Hardcover

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A rare discovery of more than 150 previously unpublished photographs in black and white and in color, from a legendary photographer. Despite strong personal and professional ties in the U.S.--Henry Miller, Harper''s Bazaar''s Carmel Snow, and Edward Steichen, who featured Brassai''s work in many MoMA exhibitions--Brassai remained reticent about travel to the U.S. until 1957 when Holiday magazine offered generous compensation (and artistic freedom) to photograph New York and Louisiana.
From the first symbolic image of this voyage--the Statue of Liberty appearing over the ship''s prow--Brassai came under the spell of America and his photographs innately captured his new perspective. In New York, he was captivated by the graphic skyscrapers and the rhythmic to-ing and fro-ing of the crowds. Unlike his static photographs of Paris--posing prostitutes, embracing lovers, sleeping street people--here he captured sequences of movement--children playing, fashionable women parading by, or the effects of light filtering through the urban architecture.
In Louisiana, he continued to photograph more languorous sequences, but here he reveled in color--the copper skin of sunbathers, the pastel tones of prom dresses, the vibrant neon of amusement park attractions. The New Orleans music halls, nightlife, women, and exotic vegetation recall scenes from 1930s Paris.
This exuberant study of 1950s America offers the reader unprecedented access to Brassai''s work, including previously unpublished color photography.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 168 pages, 8.89 × 9.57 × 0.95 in

Published: October 11, 2011

Publisher: Rizzoli

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 2080200844

ISBN - 13: 9782080200846

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Brassai In America

by Brassai
Contribution by Agnes De Gouvion Saint-cyr

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 168 pages, 8.89 × 9.57 × 0.95 in

Published: October 11, 2011

Publisher: Rizzoli

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 2080200844

ISBN - 13: 9782080200846

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A rare discovery of more than 150 previously unpublished photographs in black and white and in color, from a legendary photographer. Despite strong personal and professional ties in the U.S.--Henry Miller, Harper''s Bazaar''s Carmel Snow, and Edward Steichen, who featured Brassai''s work in many MoMA exhibitions--Brassai remained reticent about travel to the U.S. until 1957 when Holiday magazine offered generous compensation (and artistic freedom) to photograph New York and Louisiana.
From the first symbolic image of this voyage--the Statue of Liberty appearing over the ship''s prow--Brassai came under the spell of America and his photographs innately captured his new perspective. In New York, he was captivated by the graphic skyscrapers and the rhythmic to-ing and fro-ing of the crowds. Unlike his static photographs of Paris--posing prostitutes, embracing lovers, sleeping street people--here he captured sequences of movement--children playing, fashionable women parading by, or the effects of light filtering through the urban architecture.
In Louisiana, he continued to photograph more languorous sequences, but here he reveled in color--the copper skin of sunbathers, the pastel tones of prom dresses, the vibrant neon of amusement park attractions. The New Orleans music halls, nightlife, women, and exotic vegetation recall scenes from 1930s Paris.
This exuberant study of 1950s America offers the reader unprecedented access to Brassai''s work, including previously unpublished color photography.

About the Author

Agnès de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, former Inspector-General of photography for the French Ministry of Culture, is a leading authority on photography. Brassaï (1899-1984), a major twentieth-century photographer, published Paris by Night in 1933. His career, spanning fifty years, included sculpture, writing, and film. Flammarion has also published Brassaï: Graffiti and Brassaï: An Illustrated Biography.
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