Brassai: The Often Overlooked Hungarian-French Master (1899-1984)
I doubt many of you were expecting the appearance of Brassai in my top 10 B&W photographers. In fact, neither was I, until I really sat down and worked through the images that have affected me the most. As I write this, I will try to understand why this astoundingly talented photographer is often overlooked in favour of more obvious choices. For those of you not familiar with his work, I suspect you’re in for a real treat. I say this for the very reason he’s included in my list of top B&W photographers: the diversity and depth of Brassai’s talent is unusual. Not only did he produce highly accomplished work across a wide range of photographic disciplines, he was also a sculptor, writer, filmmaker and more.