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Black and white photographic portrait of man holding Magritte's "The Son of Man" by Bill Brandt.

Magritte, 1966   
silver gelatin print 

image: 13 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.3 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

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Black and white photographic portrait of Bill Brandt with mirror in nature

Self Portrait with Mirror, 1966 
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. / 34.3 x 29.5 cm
sheet: 15 7/8 x 12 in. / 40.3 x 30.5 cm

recto: signed, lower right

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Black and white silver gelatin print of crossed knees and elbows with landscape in background.

Nude BBN#51, East Sussex Coast, 1959 
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.3 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

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Black and white photographic portrait of nude woman looking into mirror.

Nude BBN#14, Belgravia, London, 1953 
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.3 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

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Black and white photographic portrait of nude woman with heavy contrasting shadows.

Nude BBN#53, London (Woman with Elbow), 1952

silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.3 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

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Black and white silver gelatin print of women sleeping at the Liverpool Street Station underground shelter during the 1940 Blitz.

Liverpool Street Station underground shelter during the Blitz, 1940   
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.3 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

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Black and white silver gelatin print of people sheltering in the underground train station (The Tube).

People sheltering in the Tube, Elephant and Castle underground station, 1940   
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. / 33.7 x 28.6 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in.  / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

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Black and white silver gelatin print of man leaning on lamp post in fog.

After the Celebration, 1934 
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. / 34.3 x 29.5 cm
sheet: 16 x 12 in. / 40.6 x 30.5 cm

recto: signed, lower right

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Black and white silver gelatin print of upward cobblestone hill with heavy contrasting shadows.

A snicket in Halifax, 1930s  
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 5/8 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.6 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

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Black and white photographic portrait of girls dancing the Lambeth Walk in the 1930s in front of a dark brick building.

East End Girl dancing the Lambeth Walk, 1930s

silver gelatin print 
image: 13 3/8 x 11 1/2 in. / 34 x 29.1 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

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Black and white photographic portrait of parlormaid preparing a bath from the 1930s by Bill Brandt.

Parlourmaid preparing a bath before dinner, 1930s   
silver gelatin print 

image: 13 15/8 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.6 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

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Black and white photographic portrait of a young housewife cleaning ground with bucket of water.

Young housewife in Bethnal Green, 1930s 
silver gelatin print 

image: 13 15/8 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.6 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

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Black and white photographic portrait of man holding Magritte's "The Son of Man" by Bill Brandt.

Magritte, 1966   
silver gelatin print 

image: 13 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.3 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

Black and white photographic portrait of Bill Brandt with mirror in nature

Self Portrait with Mirror, 1966 
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. / 34.3 x 29.5 cm
sheet: 15 7/8 x 12 in. / 40.3 x 30.5 cm

recto: signed, lower right

Black and white silver gelatin print of crossed knees and elbows with landscape in background.

Nude BBN#51, East Sussex Coast, 1959 
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.3 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

Black and white photographic portrait of nude woman looking into mirror.

Nude BBN#14, Belgravia, London, 1953 
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.3 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

Black and white photographic portrait of nude woman with heavy contrasting shadows.

Nude BBN#53, London (Woman with Elbow), 1952

silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.3 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

Black and white silver gelatin print of women sleeping at the Liverpool Street Station underground shelter during the 1940 Blitz.

Liverpool Street Station underground shelter during the Blitz, 1940   
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.3 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

Black and white silver gelatin print of people sheltering in the underground train station (The Tube).

People sheltering in the Tube, Elephant and Castle underground station, 1940   
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. / 33.7 x 28.6 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in.  / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

Black and white silver gelatin print of man leaning on lamp post in fog.

After the Celebration, 1934 
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. / 34.3 x 29.5 cm
sheet: 16 x 12 in. / 40.6 x 30.5 cm

recto: signed, lower right

Black and white silver gelatin print of upward cobblestone hill with heavy contrasting shadows.

A snicket in Halifax, 1930s  
silver gelatin print 
image: 13 5/8 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.6 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

Black and white photographic portrait of girls dancing the Lambeth Walk in the 1930s in front of a dark brick building.

East End Girl dancing the Lambeth Walk, 1930s

silver gelatin print 
image: 13 3/8 x 11 1/2 in. / 34 x 29.1 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

Black and white photographic portrait of parlormaid preparing a bath from the 1930s by Bill Brandt.

Parlourmaid preparing a bath before dinner, 1930s   
silver gelatin print 

image: 13 15/8 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.6 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

Black and white photographic portrait of a young housewife cleaning ground with bucket of water.

Young housewife in Bethnal Green, 1930s 
silver gelatin print 

image: 13 15/8 x 11 1/2 in. / 34.6 x 29.2 cm
mount: 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm

recto: signed, lower right

Black and white photographic portrait of Bill Brandt with mirror in nature

Bill Brandt, Self Portrait with Mirror, 1966.

About

Bill Brandt (1904-1983) was a photographer famous for his photojournalistic work documenting aspects of British life. Although born in Hamburg, he relinquished his German heritage and claimed to have been born in London. In 1929, he started his photography career in France, where many artists were using photography as an artistic statement instead of just a documentary endeavor. In Paris, Brandt was influenced by the work of Man Ray, in whose studio he studied, and of Brassaï, who would become a lifelong friend.

When Brandt returned to England in 1931, his main interest became the varied socio-economic contrasts he observed among the British people, eventually publishing two monographs on the subject: The English at Home (1936) and A Night in London (1938). After World War II, Brandt’s style shifted back to the artistic, Expressionist style that he had learned as a young man. He focused on landscapes, nudes, and portraits. Portrait of a Young Girl is still widely reproduced, and Brandt said that he felt its technique may have inspired the film Citizen Kane. Brandt admired the work of Edward Weston and Orson Welles. Taking a cue from their words, he liked to use older cameras that did not mimic human vision capabilities, and he often employed wide-angled lenses, especially when he photographed nudes. These works are collected in Perspective of Nudes (1961).

A sampling of Brandt’s best works are showcased in Shadow of Light (1966). His photographs were first exhibited by Marlborough New York in 1976, followed by a second Marlborough exhibition that traveled between the New York and London galleries in 1981. The artist has been honored with several retrospectives, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1969), the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2004), and a traveling exhibition organized by KBr Fundación MAPFRE, Barcelona (2020-2021). His Kensington home displays an English Heritage Blue Plaque, a rare achievement for a photographer.


Brandt died on December 20, 1983.

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