Brassaï at the hôtel des Terrasses, 1931-1932 © Estate Brassaï – RMN / Michèle Bellot

“[Henry] Miller visited Brassaï in the Hôtel des Terrasses and “for hour after hour he pored over [the] nightly harvest of photographs” which were spread about the pieces of furniture in Brassaï’s room:

And when one day the door was finally thrust open I beheld to my astonishment a thousand replicas of all the scenes, all the streets, all the walls, all the fragments of the Paris wherein I died and was born again. There on his bed, in myriad pieces and fragments, lay the cross to which I had been nailed and crucified, the cross on which I was resurrected to live again and forever in the spirit.”


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