“Night does not show things, it suggests them. It disturbs and surprises us with its strangeness. It liberates forces within us which are dominated by our reason during the daytime.” -Brassai
How does one go about expressing the intrinsic character and essence of a city? Daytime allows one to receive a certain impression about a place, but night brings an altogether completely feel. If one wishes to really document a city, then photographing the city nights is nearly mandatory.
The scenery, life, and atmosphere of the night are extremely special. Additionally, photographic techniques and the feel of the photos are entirely different from daytime.
During the 1930’s in Paris, France, a photographer by the name of Brassai would often times spend his nights roaming the streets in search of photographs. His photographs captured the scenery and nightlife of Paris at the time.
The result was an unmatched photographic record of the city. Even today, Brassai’s photographs allow viewers a chance to appreciate a world gone by, the world of the 1930’s Parisian nights. His photographs are highly relevant both in terms of photographic history and French history.
I have a deep appreciation for his work. Perhaps it is because I also enjoy photographing at night. For many years I captured the New York City nights. Now, I am often trying to photograph the night in Taiwan，trying to record the Taiwanese nights.