Link to criticized picture: Lovers in a café, Place d’Italie, Paris, 1932
‘He loved Paris by night, ……. It was there that he documented the secret lives of prostitutes and homosexuals, opium addicts and tramps. The City ….. gave up all its mysteries to this flâneur’ (Koch, R. 2009:18)
‘Brassaï had his subjects act out their concealed activities as he set up his small plate camera on a tripod, opened the shutter, and fired his flash, recording a theatrical version of a candid moment that demystified and humanised the people from the world of night’ (Hirsch, R. 2009:254)
All lines in the photo lead to the couple which emerges out of the shadows. A lot of dark tones in the bottom part of the picture and brighter ones at the top. Some small light objects emerge out of the shadows and dark tones on the table. Reflections of the couple are visible through the mirrors. The couple is romantically involved. The only thing distracting is the light spot on the table, but that must have been inevitable with the equipment used in this situation. I like the sensual feeling the picture breathes and how the reflected faces add to this feeling. The use of line and dark tones is something to try in my own pictures.
Feldschuh Gallery (2016)Brassaï At URL: http://www.artnet.com/artists/brassaï/lovers-in-a-paris-cafe-a-D3cqKzsddqMWvFXs1uSYLg2 (Accessed on 22 November 2016)
Hirsch, R. (2009) Seizing the Light, a social history of photography. New York: Mc Graw Hill
Koch, R. (2009) Photo:box New York: Abrams