A photographer born in Hungary and originally named Gyulus Halasz made another name for himself under the alias of Brassai. With this identity, the artist created works in different mediums including literature, film and photography. The exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville focuses on Brassai’s photographic works, as the artist was known to wander through the streets of Paris, both day and night, in order to get to know the people who breathed life into this unique place.
From the intellectuals of the cafés to the working girls of Pigalle to the nightworkers of the Halles marketplace — Brassai captured them all in their element, and now guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens can see these remarkable images for themselves.
In addition to photos featuring a diverse cast of characters, Brassai also snapped shots of the beautiful architecture for which Paris is known. The beauty of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the quays of the Seine and more are all on display at ‘Brassai, for the Love of Paris.’ Visitors can even see some of the photographer’s most famous works, like the photo of a couple sitting in a bistro or the image of Marlene Dietrich.
Known as ‘the eye of Paris,’ Brassai showcased the chic streets of the Rue de Rivoli as well as the audacious Grands Boulevards. In this way, visiting the exhibit at the Hôtel de Ville is like walking through the streets of Paris like it was 80 years ago. This is therefore a unique treat for tourists who wish to compare their experiences walking through Paris with the photo captured so long ago.
Although not as well known as Robert Doisneau, Brassai expressed his own vision of the city that he loved so dearly and the diversity that kept it bursting with life.