(ART) Assignment 5 - Brassai's Prostitute at an Angle The...

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Brassai's Prostitute at an Angle The photo is expressing the lifestyle of a prostitute with a different, more dignified angle. The subject matter includes the woman standing at a street corner, she is wearing a long warm coat. The position she stands in suggests that she is cold; she is holding her arms close to her chest and face, her back is slightly hunched, her feet close together, and the thick fur collar of her coat is wrapped around her neck and head. It’s nighttime and the only light comes from the streetlamp on the behind the building. There is nobody except the woman in sight. The street isn’t too fancy, just an average street with a few average stores(“Fromages” means cheese in French, so that’s probably a cheese store). The photographer took the picture from behind the woman, standing in the dark shadows of the alley. Who knows what kinds of people could be lurking around town… When I think of a prostitute, the first thing that comes to mind is immorality, dirtiness, disease, ect. But this photograph shows a different “angle”. With formal considerations, I saw the woman as a modest lady. As if she’s a hardworking woman, who
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