Brassaï (Gyula Halász) Le Pont des Arts in the Fog (Le Pont des Arts dans le brouillard) 1936

  • Not on view

Originally trained as an artist, Brassaï turned to photography in a feverish attempt to capture the fugitive scenes he encountered during his night walks in Paris. He relished that, as he put it, “night does not show things, it suggests them.” Yet the darkness Brassaï adored also rendered photography challenging, necessitating half-hour exposure times. The transition from gas to electric lamplight illuminated Parisian avenues and bridges, transformed residents’ experience of the city at night, and enabled a nocturnal culture to flourish. Even the equestrian racecourse at Longchamp was fitted with floodlights for nighttime reveling. Brassaï called these photographs “little boxes of night.”
Exhibition title
2021 Fall 5th

Gallery label from 2021
Gelatin silver print
19 1/2 × 15 7/8" (49.6 × 40.4 cm)
David H. McAlpin Fund
Object number
© Estate Brassaï-RMN

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