The Fundación MAPFRE in Barcelona holds a stunning retrospective of the work of the Franco-Hungarian photographer Brassaï. Curated by Peter Galassi, the exhibition honors the photographer of Paris by night while highlighting some lesser known themes in his oeuvre. The Paris scenes captured by Brassaï are instantly recognizable. They show the city’s streets, shadows cast by its immortal gas-lit monuments, the cobblestones of the Latin Quarter, Montmartre stairways sloping down in silence, and seedy, smoke-filled corners around the Place d’Italie. Some scenes show how little Paris has changed over the years (e.g. Façades rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, 1930–1932). Days […]
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