Wow– the more you look at an image, the more little details are revealed. The style, the atomsphere, and the special moments that were underground Paris in the 30s are all present in this book. Â What also makes it really special is that Brassai wrote most all of the text, so you really get a feeling for what was happening when he was taking the shot.Â This book might be hard to find at a bookshop but should be pretty easy on Ebay.
I love the high shirt sleeve roll in the top two images. Â I don’t think Brassai was trying to shoot “style” but he had a great instinctual eye for it.
For me, his underground dive bar scene shots really set the standard for how to capture the nightime scene.