Brassai The Monograph *** Please note, the cover picture of the Brassai book was taken down by Flickr.



I am familiar with the work of the photographer called Brassai, but recently came across a copy of the book "Brassai the Monograph" at my Monroe Branch of the Sno-isle Library and was enchanted once again.  I was impressed by the width and depth of his art.  The volume is filled with iconic photographs.  He was a pioneering photographer who worked in other media, drawing, sculpture, painting.  Brassai worked in the creative firestorm that was Paris in the '20's.

In the Monograph there are a series of essays and articles.  One that particularly spoke to me was written by Brassai's good friend Henry Miller.  In this essay Miller christened Brassai "The Eye of Paris".  I really liked the opening paragraph of Millers essay;

"Brassai has the rare gift which so many artist despise - normal vision. He has no need to distort or deform, no need to lie or to preach.  He would not alter the living arrangement of the world one iota; he sees the world precisely as it is and as few men in the world see it because seldom do we encounter a human being endowed with normal vision.  Everything to which his eye attaches itself acquires value and significance, a value and significance, I might say, heretofore avoided or ignored.  The fragment, the defect, the common-place - he detects in them what there is of novelty or perfection.  He explores with equal patience, equal interest, a crack in the wall or the panorama of a city.  Seeing becomes an end in itself, For Brassai is an eye, a living eye".

*Written by Henry Miller in 1933,"The Eye of Paris" was first published in the Chicago Globe in November 1937.

I really like, "Seeing becomes an end in itself".

I found this site with more on Brassai.

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