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Bill Brandt

Bill Brandt

Shadow and Light
€50.00
ISBN: 9780500544242
Sizes: 23 x 27 cm
Pages: 208
Cover: hardcover with dust jacquet
Publisher: Thames & Hudson | 2013
First full-scale examination of Brandt's multifaceted oeuvre and career

Undoubtedly the most significant figure in the development of photographic modernism in Britain, Bill Brandt (1904-1983) defined the artistic potential of the medium in a career that spanned half a century. Born in Germany, Brandt ultimately settled in London, and within five years he had been embraced as one of Britain's most celebrated artists. His incisive chronicle of the social structure of his adopted country in the 1930s was followed by a remarkably wide range of work, including evocative portraits of virtually every British cultural luminary, timeless landscapes and a dramatic, ground breaking series of nudes. Yet these achievements have often been viewed disparately, as if each body of work were the product of a separate artist, and Brandt's legacy reduced in the popular mind to a handful of iconic images. Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light is the first full-scale examination of Brandt's oeuvre that attempts to trace a coherent trajectory across the photographer's multifaceted career. With 162 rich tritone reproductions made from the finest of the photographer's vintage prints, this book seeks to lay out Brandt's career in 'all its unruly splendour,' as Sarah Hermanson Meister writes in her introductory essay. Meister's fresh scholarship and keen attention to the chronol9gical developments of Brandt's career- including, for the first time, an analysis of the dramatic evolution ofBrandt's printing techniques - shed new light on an artist long considered an enigma by art historians. A comprehensive survey of the work Brandt published during World War II in a number of popular illustrated magazines reveals the origins of some of his most remarkable postwar work, while a technical examination of the photographer's often painstaking retouching techniques, accompanied by detailed illustrations, offers an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the process that was critical to the ultimate impact of Brandt's extraordinary photographs. With 255 illustrations, 162 in tritone