George Brassai, La fille de Joie au Billard Russe
La fille de Joie au Billard Russe [Prostitute Playing Russian Billiards, Boulevard Rochechouart]

Gyula Halász, better known by the pseudonym “Brassaï” (meaning “from Brasso”), is best remembered as a Hungarian–born photographer who rose to fame in France between the World Wars. He captured the essence of the city in his photographs, which were published as his first collection in the 1933 book entitled Paris de nuit. Brassaï’s images of Parisian nightlife in the 1930s focused largely upon marginalized groups in society such as artists, gays, lesbians, crossdressers, prostitutes, and petty criminals.

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