Recently I had a project to duplicate as closely as possible a photo by Brassai, the French street photographer who was active from the 1920s through the 60s.
Here is his original piece.

Here is mine.

And here is my take on his photos.

For anyone who cares about why I chose that response…

Brassai lived through such an exciting and dangerous time in world history. His best photos, in my opinion, are between the world wars when he was living the true bohemian life in Paris. But even as the Paris occupation was approaching, Brassai seemed very apolitical and avoident even though the world was on fire. My response is the charred paper from a newspaper, how I probably would’ve seen things if I were experiencing this time in history.

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