Brassaï (meaning coming from Brasso) was also known as Gyula Halász (1899-1984). Brassaï became a famous photographer, filmmaker and sculptor in the period between the two World Wars. Before joining a cavalry regiment in the Austro-Hungarian army and serving until the end of WWI, Brassaï studied painting and sculpture at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. After WWI, Brassaï moved to Paris where he would live for the rest of his life. At first he worked as a journalist becoming friends with Henry Miller and Jacques Prévert. Later Brassaï learned that he could supplement his income by adding photographs to his articles. Brassaï captured the essence of night-time Paris, in particular the district of Montparnasse, in his photographs, and his 1933 book Paris de nuit was a success. He photographed is friends: Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Alberto Giacometti also all famous cat lovers. Many of Brassaï’s own photographs capture cats in natural city settings, but some photographs purposely depict the cat as mysterious and symbolic of desire, femininity, and motherhood. In 1948, he gained international fame through his exhibition of photographs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He is buried in Montparnasse cemetery in Paris.