Brassai became interested in graffiti in the 1930s. It became a lifelong obsession, he continued to photograph graffiti and publish the photographs with his commentary until his death. One of Brassai's most important works, Graffiti presents the texts and photographs the photographer devoted to this 'art of the street'. Num Pages: 160 pages, illus. BIC Classification: AFJG; AJB; AJC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 315 x 282 x 22. Weight in Grams: 1590. . 2002. Hardcover. . . . . Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Brassaï became interested in the marginal art form of graffiti in the 1930s, seeing it as a form of outsider art that could open the door to new forms of artistic expression. His atmospheric photographs capture the essence of this unfettered creation. Stark contrasts of black and white alternate with softer shades of grey that meld into one another, smoothing the harsh gouges typical of graffiti. Several of these photographs first appeared in the Surrealist review Minotaure; others were first published in France and Germany in 1960, in a work entitled Graffiti, which accompanied an exhibition that visited New York, London, Milan, Baden-Baden, Frankfurt, Hannover, and Paris. The approach was hugely influential, both for the Surrealists and in the domain of Outsider Art. Accompanying the photographs are selections from previously unpublished writings, including extracts from Brassaï's own notebooks, in which he noted the presence of elements of graffiti on the walls of Paris that he intended to photograph. The book also contains an interview with Picasso on the subject of graffiti as an art form. This first English language version of this classic title is a beautifully produced edition of what is undoubtedly a seminal work in the history of modern photography.
About the Author: Brassaï (1899-1984) is one of the great figures of twentieth-century photography. Born in Brasso, Hungary, he studied at the academies of Budapest before moving to Paris in 1924. Initially interested in painting, he turned to photography in the early thirties at the suggestion of fellow Hungarian André Kertész. He published his first book, Paris by Night, in 1933, which granted him recognition as a peerless chronicler of the city. At this time Brassaï also became interested in graffiti and shared his discoveries with the Surrealist circles he frequented. Actively pursued throughout his career, his work on graffiti was brought together for the first time in the eponymous publication in 1960, following exhibitions of his work in New York, London, Milan, Baden, Frankfurt, Hanover and Paris.
Title: Brassai: Graffiti
Publisher: Editions Flammarion
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Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Bookseller Inventory # S-553-34
Book Description Flammarion, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. illustrated edition. 156 pages. 12.50x11.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __2080107135
Book Description Flammarion, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2080107135
Book Description Flammarion, Paris, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Stunning collection of Brassai's graffiti photographs along with facsimile pages from his sketchbooks, extracts from his conversations with Picasso about the subject and several essays by Brassai published here in English for the first time. Translated from the French by David Radzinowicz. 153 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm. First English language edition, first printing. Black cloth boards, unclipped dust jacket (now in a removable protective sleeve). Slight shelf wear to jacket edges, some rubbing to back cover, no inscriptions, tight and square binding. Photographs available on request. All books dispatched same or next working day in robust packaging. Bookseller Inventory # 006970
Book Description Flammarion, Paris, 2002. Hard Cover Cloth, dust Wrapper. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. "Many graffiti born on the walls of Paris have struck me with the force of an event, as if the world were suddenly larger." (Brassai). His whole life through he would hunt down these mysterious and playful marks on the walls, on trees, even on the ground. Texts by the artist celebrate the 'primitive' forces in play in the act of defacing a wall and the 'magical' power of the symbols inscribed. Bookseller Inventory # 000026
Book Description Flammarion, France, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Beautiful large format look at Brassai's portraits of Parisian graffiti. An important book. Bookseller Inventory # 000053
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Book Description Editions Flammarion. Book Condition: New. 2002. Hardcover. Brassai became interested in graffiti in the 1930s. It became a lifelong obsession, he continued to photograph graffiti and publish the photographs with his commentary until his death. One of Brassai's most important works, Graffiti presents the texts and photographs the photographer devoted to this 'art of the street'. Num Pages: 160 pages, illus. BIC Classification: AFJG; AJB; AJC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 315 x 282 x 22. Weight in Grams: 1590. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9782080107138
Book Description Flammarion. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 2080107135 Crisp, clean, unread book with some shelfwear - NICE. Bookseller Inventory # Z2080107135Z2
Book Description Editions Flammarion, France, 2002. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 318 x 278 mm. Language: French,English . Brand New Book. Brassai became interested in graffiti in the 1930s. At that time, he published several examples in the review Minotaure accompanied by commentary. It became a lifelong obssession: he continued to photograph graffiti and expand these remarks in various texts right up to his death. The present publication presents both texts and pictures, taking as its starting point the book Graffiti Brassai published in Germany in 1960 and in France following an exhibition of his photographs staged in New York, London, Milan, Baden-Baden, Frankfurt, Hanover, and Paris. Together with a number of unknown fragments by Brassai, this album also includes pages from notebooks kept by the photographer in which he sketched the graffiti he encountered in Paris, keeping track of their many transformations. Brassai s photographs and texts focus on the magical creativity he found on wall after wall and on the major themes which are like a distillation of all life (from birth, through love, to death), and whose primitivism, following on the discovery of African art, was to prove such an enduring influence on Miro, Dubuffet, and Taples, artists who took much inspiration from the wall. One of Brassai s most important works, Graffiti presents side by side the texts and photographs the photographer devoted to this art of the street. Bookseller Inventory # AA29782080107138