The collection of work presented here offers a unique vision of life in pre- and post-war Europe


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No photographer is more closely associated with a city than Brassaï (1899-1984) is with Paris. From the moment he moved there in 1924, he devoted his life and art to immortalizing his adopted city – capturing the street life by day, the cafés and the Seine by night. His most famous portraits and cityscapes collected in this fascinating book, form a unique vision of life in pre- and post-war Europe. A friend of Picasso and Henry Miller, Brassaï knew and photographed the leading figures of his day – Giacometti, Sartre, Dalí, Matisse and Mann among them.

The Photofile series brings together the best work of the world’s greatest photographers, in an affordable pocket format. Handsome and collectable, the books are produced to the highest standards. Each volume contains some sixty full-page reproductions printed in superb duotone, together with a critical introduction and a full bibliography. The series has been awarded the first annual prize for distinguished photographic books by the International Center of Photography, New York.

Additional information

Weight 255 g
Dimensions 12.6 x 19 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 August 2014
Number of pages 144
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Introduction by Roger Grenier
Dimensions 12.6 x 19 cm
Weight 255 g


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Roger Grenier (b 1919) is a French writer, journalist and radio animator. He is a member of the Gallimard board and received the Grand prix de l'Académie française in 1985.