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Brassai: Letters to My Parents Paperback – Dec 1 1998


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  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (Dec 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226071472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226071473
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 449 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,177,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A volume of ebullient missives which track the artist's yearning for self-expression, as well as the details of his thrifty bookkeeping, which staved off starvation and the need to return home. Earnest is the adjective that best describes these bright, readable letters that Brassa‹ (born Gyula Halasz in 1900) sent to his parents over the 20-year time-span of 192040. In 1920 he left Transylvania for Berlin, where he studied drawing at the Academy and wrote articles for the newspapers back home, then moved to Paris, where he eventually earned recognition and a living through the medium of photography. He mingled with both the cosmopolitan and bohemian, including Picasso, who once remarked that Brassa‹ ``owned a gold mine but was exploiting a salt mine'' by choosing photography over the fine arts. Brassa‹--who expresses no regret over his fate--had begun taking pictures for pleasure, but found immediate success when some of his frank, sensual photographs of the city's lively nocturnal existence (he was fascinated, he said in a letter, by the way the city ``lives and moves'') were gathered and published as Paris at Night in 1931. After that life became easier: He was sought out for commissions, and Alexander Korda, spotting Brassa‹'s eye for line and framing, hired him as a cameraman. In the last letters, however, when Brassa‹ had become established and sought after, he sounds unchanged, still diligently noting what he spends on food and rent, offering a sanitized record of his romances, still self-absorbed but humble, and ever- passionate about the world and his travels. The only difference is a sad note of maturity creeping in, prompted by the news that his parents may have to leave their hometown as a result of imminent war. The biographical sketch that emerges here through practical details compensates for the dearth of reflections about art. (37 drawings and b&w photographs, not seen) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Brassaï (born Gyula Halász, 1899-1984) was a photographer, journalist, and author of many photographic monographs and literary works, including Letters to My Parents, Conversations with Picasso, and Proust in the Power of Photography.

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By A Customer on Feb. 9 1999
Format: Paperback
This lovely book gives us the portrait of an artist as a VERY unusual young man: the great photographer Brassai. Brassai proves himself a wonderful writer as well as photographer. His love of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s is everywhere evident--the glamour, the grime, the artistic urgency of the place, the crazy characters who called it home. Letters to My Parents is a must-read to anyone interested in this idiosyncratic artist and establishment of photography as an art form in the early twentieth century.
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IN HIS OWN WORDS Aug. 6 2001
By MOVIE MAVEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Henry Miller called Brassai "the eye of Paris" and indeed he was in all of his wonderful, singular, black and white photographs of the City of Light. Brassai was, no doubt about it, one of the handful of great photographers who worked from 1900 til midpoint in the last century. He tells us that in Paris, he had "an unquenchable thirst for knowledge." Although he did many portraits of the famous like fellow photographer, Andre Kertesz, and exiled president of Hungary, Mihaly Karolyi, and Picasso and the composer, Edgard Varese (reproductions of which are included in this beautifully produced book) and the instantly recognizable monuments and even the graffiti of the city, he was even more well known for his images of the seamier side of Paris-- (known in the USA as "Paris Secrets") the night life which not only included actors and dancers, but also prostitutes and transvestites. (he actually became so well-known and liked in the bordellos, that he was allowed "free-reign" to photograph the women and their clients!)
A Hungarian by birth, he obviously loved all aspects of Paris. This is not only obvious in his art, but also in his writing. From 1920 til 1940, Brassai (born Gyula Halasz in 1899) kept up an almost religiously regular correspondence with his parents. These letters, some like diary entries, show his great affection for his family and home, but also for this extraordinary city in which he chose to live and work.
If you are at all interested in how a great artist finds inspiration and how he continues to grow from day to day, from triumph to triumph and indeed from struggle and disappointment to more struggle and even more disappoinment, these letters will thrill you. I have always been fascinated by Brassai (I own one of his images) and have never been able to find a satisfying biography that tells anything of his early life and history. Well, here is that book and it is in his own words and illustrated with several of his fine photographs. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A lovely book about Paris and Art Feb. 9 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This lovely book gives us the portrait of an artist as a VERY unusual young man: the great photographer Brassai. Brassai proves himself a wonderful writer as well as photographer. His love of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s is everywhere evident--the glamour, the grime, the artistic urgency of the place, the crazy characters who called it home. Letters to My Parents is a must-read to anyone interested in this idiosyncratic artist and establishment of photography as an art form in the early twentieth century.


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