Moholy-Nagy, Kandinsky, Puni, Larionov and Kokoschka were among the Berlin émigré artists he knew before heading for Paris. Kertész, another Hungarian who began as a journalist, inspired him to take up photography. Miller (who wrote about it), Fargue, Prévert and Queneau all accompanied him on nocturnal wanderings. Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti and Dalí were among his Paris artist friends, and Michaux, Reverdy and Mac Orlan among the writers. Picasso took him in his Hispano-Suiza to photograph his sculptures, like Brandt becoming a lifelong friend. Emerson asked for his address to send him a medal.