- 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: #730,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brassai: Paris Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, January 1, 2008
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like stepping back in time ... brought back memories. Also loved comparing now and then. Compares with Marville and Doisneau.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a fantastic collection. We have a print of Brassai's Montmartre Steps in our living room, and we're familiar with many of his other classic shots of the Paris cityscape, but... Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Michael Taylor
Perfect condition! It made a wonderful gift. Perfect for any photography lover. Wish I could go to Paris and take photos like this.Published on January 13, 2014 by kat
I would recommend this book. The pictures are beautiful. It shows the places and people of the city of Paris! Beautiful.Published on December 23, 2013 by Donna Gregory
The book eventhough the psheets are very thin the quality of the images is very good. I will recommend this book.Published on October 9, 2013 by Javier F. alonso
Love his works book was in excellent shape good service
Pictures matted and ready for framing if you can bring your self to cut up th book
The size of the book allows for a very enjoyable study of Brassai's most famous photos. His photos of groups of people are wonderful character studies and are generally enriched by... Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by RJN
Wonderful documentation of the 30s and 40s era in Paris. Glorious black and white images which have kept alive the past.Published on April 14, 2013 by Barbara Bryan