“In the early thirties [Brassaï] set about photographing the night of Paris, especially at its more colorful and more disreputable levels. The results of this project --- a fascinatingly tawdry collection of prostitutes, pimps, madams, transvestites, apaches, and assorted cold-eyed pleasure-seekers --- was published in 1933 as Paris de Nuit, one of the most remarkable of all photographic books...” -John Szarkowski, Looking at Photographs
FIRST EDITION OF BRASSAÏ’S MASTERPIECE, ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND BEAUTIFUL OF ALL PHOTOBOOKS.
Paris de Nuit is “a ravishing book object in a purely physical sense. The printing represents arguably the most luscious gravure ever seen, the blacks being so rich and deep that after handling the book one expects to find sooty deposits all over one’s fingers. The gradation of tones is wonderfully subtle, describing an apparently infinite range of black and near-black tones. The layout, with its characteristic full-page bleeds, never more felicitously employed, takes us from image to image, from page to page, and across night-time Paris, with effortless panache... One should think of it as amongst the best produced and influential photobooks ever” (The Photobook, Vol. I). Roth 101.
Complete with 60 stunning photogravure reproductions. Paris: Edition Arts et Metiers Graphiques, 1933. Quarto, original photographically illustrated flexible boards, spiral bound; custom box. A little edgewear and creasing to boards; a beautiful copy with strong, vivid images.