Alone, or in the company of friends, Brassai discovered and
recorded the forbidden Paris of the 1930s, its brothels, whores,
pimps, opium dens, and transvestite cafes -- the sordid yet
fascinating bas-monde where high society mingled with the
The Secret Paris of the ''30s is one of the most remarkable
photographic memories ever published: like his predecessor
Toulouse-Lautrec, Brassai chose to portray a hidden and daring
subject matter. His photographs reveal a milieu previously known
only through books such as the novels of Henry Miller (a frequent
companion of Brassai''s nocturnal rambles), the seamy, grimy, yet
infinitely exciting reality that tourists still think of when they
seek "Paris by night".
These unique pictures are accompanied by an immensely
interesting text in which Brassai reminisces and describes the
extraordinary conditions under which he took his photographs.