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Brassai: Paris Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, January 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; 25th edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836503891
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836503891
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.8 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Marco Antonio Abarca VINE VOICE on April 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Paris in the years between the two World Wars holds a special attraction for me. I like to visit the period through the detective stories of Georges Simenon and the spy thrillers of Alan Furst. There is no better way to supplement these novels than perusing the Paris photos of Brassai. His photos of late night Paris are some of the most atmospheric images ever produced. What Wegee was to New York City, Brassai is to Paris of the 1930's. No single photographer captured the feel of the era better than Brassai.

The German Publishing Company Taschen is famous for its art books. The quality of this book is high and price is very reasonable. "Brassai Paris" is a hardcover book and is 192 pages long. Most of the pages are high quality reproductions of Brassai's best photos printed on good paper. This is a great photography book being offered at a rock bottom price. Highly recommended.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on June 8, 2008
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Everyone in the know knows that Taschen is a top-of-the-line publisher of Art and Photography books so naturally this one is beautifully done. However, even Taschen can make blunders. The flaps of the cover on this book are a dark shade of lipstick red with small black lettering. Ironically the blurb on these flaps describes Bendikt Taschen's twenty-fifth anniversary as an art book publisher. Because of the tiny black type on the dark red background it is virtually impossible to read about how great Taschen books are. Fortunately, this is the only flaw I found in this excellent book, it's just amusing that the mistake involves the text it does. At least the reader can read the testimonial on the back cover's flap because it is in larger black type and simply proclaims "The most exquisite books on the planet."
Brassai didn't take his first pictures until 1929. In 1932 a journalist friend told Brassai he knew of a publisher who wanted to publish a book of photographs of Paris at night but had been unable to find a photographer who could handle the task. Brassai had already been exhaustively exploring exactly that subject with his camera. Later that same year in December 1932 Brassai's first book PARIS DE NUIT was published. Almost a dozen more books followed during his long life and career. It wasn't until 1976 that the more erotic pictures of Paris nightlife were published in Brassai's LE PARIS SECRET DES ANNEES 30, which is one of this reviewer's favorites. Those pictures that were also taken in the 1930's were too hot for a publisher to risk bankruptcy and or jail by publishing before 1976 when the obscenity laws were relaxed somewhat.
This volume contains some pictures from all or at least most of Brassai's books including LES SCULPTURES DE PICASSO, GRAFFITI, PICASSO & CO.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jose Pelaez on May 23, 2008
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Brassaï is one of those indispensable artists, which rarely come along every 50 years or so. Photographer, writer, painter, film maker, he recorded for us what must have been the most fruitful era for art, in the most fruitful place for art: Paris. He knew everyone from the dadaists to the surrealists and the cubists. He formed an uneasy friendship with Picasso, which resulted on his book My Conversations With Picasso, a first hand account of the comings and goings in the artist's life and studio, that I highly recommend. But it is as a photographer that he excels, providing for us unforgettable images of the city that he loved. Paris by Night, one of his colections of photos, gives us the wanderings about, of an artist and his camera at a time at which the city is at it's most beautiful, without any other equipment than a tripod to hold his camera steady. This book also includes The Secret Paris and a wonderful section of artis's portraits: Dalí, Picasso, Matisse and many others.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tiddly TT Winks on January 20, 2013
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I got this as a Christmas present to myself, as I was looking for some new art and photography books for the library. First thing first, this item comes shrink wrapped in plastic with a "25" sticker, indicating that it's a 25th anniversary special edition from Taschen. Those who are not familiar to the Taschen publishing house - it's an amazing publisher that has a long history of publishing high quality books, largely focused on art, design, and special interest.

I saw this Brassai book at a great price and saw that it was low on inventory - a general trigger for me to make the purchase. I was not elated to see that the copy was shrinkwrapped and the edges of the dust jacket were in pristine condition, despite being shipped virtually unprotected in a box that left a sizable amount of space for the package contents to jostle about during the shipping process.

However, upon closer inspection, once I unwrapped the plastic, I noticed a few peculiarities.

1. There was a round giant black smudge on the left-side of the back-side of the dust jacket. The hardcover itself is red on the outside and i'm afraid that it's just a matter of time that the black inky stuff will transfer onto the red cover.

2. A number of the inside pages had a distinct chip/bent page about 1" away from the spine -- all in the same spot. Like someone carelessly flipped through it by viewing it from the top-side.

If you're a bibliophile like me, this is a major annoyance. On top of that, because it's a "25th special anniversary edition", I sort of was expecting a lot more. Because I scored it on sale for 'just' $15, I decided to keep it and leave it out on the coffee table and perhaps inspire future guests and family to travel to Paris or learn more about Brassai.
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