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Bill Brandt






 

Bill Brandt

Bill Brandt (1904 – 1983) was an influential British photographer and photojournalist known for his high-contrast images of British society and his distorted nudes and landscapes.

Born in Hamburg, Germany, son of a British father and German mother, Brandt grew up during World War I. Shortly after the war, he contracted tuberculosis and spent much of his youth in a sanatorium in Davos, Switzerland. He traveled to Vienna to undertake a course of treatment for TB by psychoanalysis. He was in any case pronounced cured and began an apprenticeship in a portrait studio in the city. When Ezra Pound visited a mutual friend, Eugenie Schwarzwald, Brandt made his portrait. In appreciation, Pound offered Brandt an introduction to Man Ray, in whose Paris studio, Brandt would assist in 1930.

In 1933 Brandt moved to London and began documenting all levels of British society. This kind of documentary was uncommon at that time. Brandt published two books showcasing this work, The English at Home (1936) and A Night in London (1938). He was a regular contributor to magazines such as Lilliput, Picture Post, and Harper's Bazaar. He documented the Underground bomb shelters of London during The Blitz in 1940, commissioned by the Ministry of Information.

During World War II, Brandt focused every kind of subject - as can be seen in his "Camera in London" (1948) but excelled in portraiture and landscape. To mark the arrival of peace in 1945 he began a celebrated series of nudes. His major books from the post-war period are Literary Britain (1951), and Perspective of Nudes (1961), followed by a compilation of the best of all areas of his work, Shadow of Light (1966). Brandt became Britain's most influential and internationally admired photographer of the 20th century. Many of his works have important social commentary but also poetic resonance. His landscapes and nudes are dynamic, intense and powerful, often using wide-angle lenses and distortion


 

 

Miners Returning to Daylight, South Wales
1931




 

Window in Osborn Street
1931




 

Evening in Kenwood
1935



 

East End girl, doing the Lambeth Walk
1936



 

Parlourmaid at a window in Kensington
1935



 

Parlourmaid and under-parlourmaid ready to serve dinner
1936



 

Coal Searcher Going Home to Jarrow
1937



 

Street Scene
1940



 

Dylan Thomas
1941



 

Hampstead, London
1945



 

Portrait of a Young Girl, Eaton Place, London
1955



 

East Sussex Coast
1957



 

Francis Bacon
1963



 

Paul Schofield
1981



 

Vastiveral
1954



 

East Durham Coalminer, Just Home from the Pit
1937



 

Rainswept Roofs
1930




 

Train Leaving Newcastle




 

Miss Hibbott




 

At the Elephant and Castle Underground Station
1940



 

London (Nude), c.1945




 

London, 1958



 

Vasarely, 1964



 

Giacometti, 1963



 

Jean Dubuffet, 1960



 

Tapies, 1964



 

Jean Arp, 1960



 

Nude



 

Nude



 

Nude



 

Untitled



 

Young Housewife, Bethnal Green, London



 

Nude



 

London



 

Self Portrait with Mirror, East Sussex Coast
1966



 

Jean Dubuffet



 

La Seine Neuilly, Vu de la Grande Tatte



 

A Snicket in Halifax

1937



 

Nude



 

Nude, London, 1959



 

Nude, East Sussex Coast, 1957



 

Hampstead, London, 1956



 

The Haunted Bathroom, Campden Hill, London, 1948



 

Nude, Campden Hill, London, 1950



 

Nude, London, 1950



 

Nude, London, 1950



 

Nude abstraction



 

Nude, Campden Hill, London, 1954



 

Nude, Baie des Anges, France, 1959



 

Nude, Taxo d'Avral, France, 1957



 

Nude, Campden Hill, London, 1947



 

Nude, Campden Hill, London, 1949



 

Micheldever, Hampshire, 1948



 

Nude, Camden Hill, London, 1958



 

Nude, Hampstead, London, 1952
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