Brassaï was a Hungarian-born French photographer. He was credited with creating countless iconic images of 1920s Parisian life. Brassai moved to the city in 1924, where he worked as a journalist and joined a circle of Hungarian artists and writers.
After dark, he wandered his neighborhood of Montparnasse and documented prostitutes, street cleaners, and other characters of the city nightlife. In 1933, he published his seminal book Paris de Nuit (Paris by Night), which was designed by the artist himself and included 64 photographs that were reproduced.
Though Brassaï is famous for capturing the grittier aspects of the city, he also documented high society, including the ballet, opera, and intellectuals—among them his friends and contemporaries, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Alberto Giacometti, and Henri Matisse.