Bill Brandt - A Northumbrian Miner at His Meal
Bill Brandt
A Northumbrian Miner at His Meal
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1937, printed circa 1970s
13 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches mounted on 20 x 16 inches board

Brandt's signature, in ink, on mount recto.

Bill Brandt - Patrons at the Crooked Billet, Tower Hill
Bill Brandt
Patrons at the Crooked Billet, Tower Hill
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1935, printed later
13 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches, mounted on 19 x 15 inches board

Signed in ink mount recto; signed, titled, and dated in pencil mount verso.

Bill Brandt - Coal Searchers
Bill Brandt
Coal Searchers
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1936-1937, printed later
13 3/8 X 11 1/2 inches
Signed in ink on the mount
Bill Brandt - Untitled
Bill Brandt
Untitled
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1950s
10 X 8 inches
Signed and Photo Researcher's label on verso.
Bill Brandt - Moira Shearer
Bill Brandt
Moira Shearer
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1950s
10 x 8 inches
Artist stamp, and Rapho Guillumette Pictures on print verso
Bill Brandt - Avebury: After Thomas Hardy (Stone Circle, Wiltshire)
Bill Brandt
Avebury: After Thomas Hardy (Stone Circle, Wiltshire)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1941, printed 1980s
9 x 7 5/8 inches

Bill Brandt's credit hand stamp on verso.

Bill Brandt - Train Leaving Newcastle
Bill Brandt
Train Leaving Newcastle
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1937, Printed Later
13 3/8 X 11 3/8 Inches

Signed in ink in the margin.

Bill Brandt - Early Morning on the River, London
Bill Brandt
Early Morning on the River, London
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1931-1935
14 x 11 inches
Printed under the supervision of the photographer in the 1970
Bill Brandt - Top Withens, Yorkshire
Bill Brandt
Top Withens, Yorkshire
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1950s
13 1/4 X 11 1/2 inches
Artist's copyright stamp on verso. Documentation from Photo Researchers attached
Bill Brandt - Nude, London
Bill Brandt
Nude, London
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1957, printed 1970s
14 x 11 inches

Printed under the supervision of the photographer in the 1970’s. Signed in ink on recto.

Bill Brandt - "Nude"
Bill Brandt
Nude
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
1954
10 X 8 Inches

Titled and artist's copyright stamp on verso. Photo Researcher's label on verso.

Bill Brandt - Nude, Campden Hill, London
Bill Brandt
Nude, Campden Hill, London
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1948, Printed Later
14 x 11 inches

Bill Brandt is arguably the most admired British photographer of the 20th century. He was also, and remains, one of the most mysterious. He liked it to be thought that he had been born in south London, but he was actually born in Hamburg, the son of an English father and German mother. The Brandts were international merchants and bankers, but Bill Brandt chose a quite different career. His imagination was formed by a cosmopolitan background, including his native Germany (which he came to hate), a crucial period of two and a half years’ treatment for tuberculosis in Switzerland in the mid-1920s, training in a Vienna portrait studio in 1928, followed by three months studying with Man Ray in Paris – in the heyday a Surrealism – in 1929.

It was in England, where Brandt settled in 1931, that his varied apprenticeship came to fruition. His first book, “The English at Home” (1936), made full use of the upstairs/downstairs lives in the country houses and London mansions of his banker uncles. Brandt presented a series of piercingly vivid photographs but also powerful juxtapositions from plate to plate. The newly invented flash bulb had become available in 1931 and Brandt – a warm admirer of Brandt – made good use of it in this and his next book, “A Night in London” (1938). Once more he explored all levels of society. In 1937, Brandt photographed in the north of England, creating stark classics. For the Ministry of Information he photographed the Underground stations, turned into ad hoc bomb shelters during the Blitz of 1940. He was constantly at work during the war, photographing all manner of subjects for leading magazines. This period is summed up in his “Camera in London” (1948), which also contains his longest – if brief – writing on photography.

Among his major subjects during the 1940s were portraiture and landscape. “Literary Britain” (1951) paired landscapes with the words of the writers associated with them. In 1945 Brandt acquired a Kodak police camera with a wide-angle lens and began another project – the prolonged photographic study which was eventually published as “Perspectives of Nudes” (1961). He wanted, he said, to see like a mouse, a fish, or a fly. With this camera, and later a Hasselbad with a Superwide lens, Brandt reinvented the nude. He summed up his career with the book “Shadow of Light” in 1966, followed in 1969 by a retrospective at MoMA, New York. It was shown at the Hayward Gallery, London, and other British art centers and changed the climate of the opinion about photography as an art.

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