views updated May 17 2018

Brassäi (1899–1984) French photographer and painter, b. Hungary as Guyla Halasz. Arriving in Paris in 1923, he worked as a journalist and painter, associating with Picasso and Dali. In 1930 Brassäi turned to photography, concentrating on pictures of Parisian nightlife and portraits, the latter being remarkable for their static quality.