Brassaï (French, 1899-1984)
gelatin silver print, ferrotyped, Image - h:29.80 w:22.10 cm (h:11 11/16 w:8 11/16 inches). John L. Severance Fund 2007.40
Brassaï wrote about attending one of the large drag balls held in Paris and attended by people of every
class, race, and age: "Every entrance and every costume gave rise to shrieks of surprise, cries of
astonishment, of joy. . . . Two young men wrapped in each other’s arms had to demonstrate the perfect
union of their souls, their bodies-dressed in a singlesuit: one was wearing the jacket, with his legs and
buttocks naked; the other wore the pants, his torso and feet bare, since he had given his boyfriend the
only pair of shoes."