Brassaï first made his name as a chronicler of the night, with images that ranged from reflections on wet cobblestones to the denizens of bars and brothels. Here, Brassaï gave the impression of a candid snapshot made while voyeuristically witnessing that awkward postcoital moment when the client—his identity hidden—enjoys a final moment of delectation as he dresses for proper reentry into the public realm. In fact, like most of the photographer’s images of the underbelly of Paris, this image is a careful construction.

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Brassaï (Gyula Halász), French, born Hungary, 1899–1984
Armoire à glace dans un hôtel de passe, rue Quincampoix
Wardrobe Mirror in a Prostitutes’ Hotel on the rue Quincampoix
c. 1932
Gelatin silver print
Image: 15 5/16 × 11 9/16 in. (38.9 × 29.4 cm) Sheet: 15 5/16 × 11 9/16 in. (38.9 × 29.4 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Franci Neely, The Manfred Heiting Collection

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

[Manfred Heiting, Malibu, California]; purchased by MFAH, 2002.