1904, Germany – 1983, UK
Bill Brandt was considered by many to be one of the masters of photography during the twentieth century. He produced a body of photographs that ranges from stark realism and social comment to pure abstraction and surrealism. In 1929 he went to Paris and worked for approximately three months in Man Ray’s studio, where he also learned much from the Parisian art of the period, such as the films of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali and the photographs of Eugène Atget and André Kertész. During World War II Brandt was a staff photographer for the British Home Office, documenting the hard times of Londoners who suffered through the incessant German bombing raids.
Bill Brandt. Nude, East Sussex, 1953.