Backstage at the Folies-Bergere by Brassai (1933)

The photograph “Backstage at the Folies-Bergere” was captured by the artist Brassai in 1933. It reflects a backstage scene at the famous Parisian music hall Folies-Bergère.

In this black and white photograph, we see a candid, behind-the-scenes glimpse of performers at the Folies-Bergère. The image is taken from an elevated angle and showcases a group of nude or semi-nude performers resting and interacting in a confined space with reflective surfaces. Some performers appear to be engaged in conversation, while others are seated or standing alone, seemingly lost in thought. The use of light and shadow, as well as the reflective surfaces, give the photograph a rich texture and a sense of depth. It portrays a casual moment of rest and socializing, offering a contrast to the glamorous onstage personas usually associated with such performers. The atmosphere is intimate and private, giving the viewer an almost voyeuristic peek into a world not often seen by the public.

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