Capturing Paris

Capturing Paris

Brassaï (1899- 1984) was an influential photographer recognised for capturing iconic images of Parisian life in the 1930s. In the new retrospective at Foam, Amsterdam, the artist’s nocturnal representations of the city are shown alongside depictions of 20th century high society.

Couple in a Café, near the place d’Italie, c. 1932 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris

Over 170 works navigate experiences of the city – from street scenes to snapshots of the ballet and opera. The show also features portraits of contemporaries Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Henri Matisse, with each image underscored by a signature use of light and contrast.

Opens 13 September. Find out more here.

Lead image: Brassaï, View through the pont Royal toward the pont Solférino, c. 1933. © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris