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Brassai : Paris By Night Hardcover – May 1, 2001
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Unfortunately, an attempt to reproduce the characteristic look of heliogravure using a more conventional printing process is a pretty tall order. If you don't like the way this edition looks, and you very well may not, see if you can find a library that has a copy of the Pantheon edition and compare them. You'll be amazed that the aspects of this edition's printing that you found objectionable actually make _that_ edition beautiful and unique.
It is a shame that Amazon does not even list the Pantheon edition so that it cannot be searched for as a used book -- and that the current publisher deceptively printed an edition that looks superficially like heliogravure but is not.
It is a shame, that this edition is very badly printed (loss of detail).
I am sorry to say, that therefore the book is too exspensive.
I bought the book anyway. Why?
Because I wanted to have it on my shell. To study it. And because it reminds me of the first time, twenty years ago, when I saw some of the pictures from Paris By Night, and found that photograpy could be a great art.
The content of this book is great. It's a dark book as it should be, for it depicts the night. The photographs urge you to want to look deeper. In viewing these photographs, I long to hear the mysterious stories behind them, and the conditions under which they were taken.
Modern day high speed film did not exist back in the '30s, so I assume long exposures were used for many of the shots. Yet most images evoke a real slice of nightlife feel to them, rather than anything contrived or artificially set up. Each photograph stands on it's own, and yet the entire compilation represented here equals more than the sum of it's parts.
There are only 60 some images represented here and the book is too expensive, but the presentation is appropriate to the subject matter and the book dimensions are suitable for good study.
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From dark empty streets and extraordinary architecture, to nighttime laborers and eccentric bar hoppers - Brassaï's 1933 Paris by Night is a beautiful compilation that captures the... Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by Emily
The book was very good but the condition was not. Brassai: Paris by Night was shipped in the same box along with Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs . Read morePublished on February 9, 2010 by Carolyn
Brassai was probably more responsible than most for generating the noir genre associated with Paris but that, I think, was a function of his equipment. Read morePublished on March 23, 2008 by John Davies (Dr)
is a pleasure to learn how to use available light with the craftmanship of Brassai's pictures of Paris by night with all the life of those years !!Published on April 26, 2006 by Adrian del Angel