Lot 23
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Bill Brandt

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Description

  • Bill Brandt
  • 'London', 1952
  • Gelatin silver print
Silver print, printed no later than 1976, flush-mounted to card. Signed, dated and dedicated 'to Arnold Newman' in black felt tip pen on the card. Dated 1952 in black felt tip pen on the reverse of the card.

Literature

The Photography of Bill Brandt, London, Thames and Hudson, 1999, cover; 
Bill Brandt, Bill Brandt: Shadow of Light, New York, 1977, ill. pl. 79

Catalogue Note

Brandt published his Perspective of Nudes in 1961, the culmination of years of work photographing the female nude in various settings. The location of this photography is something he considered important, as there is often a sense that the setting and figure echo one another, an idea particularly prevalent in his nudes on beaches. But what is most evident in these photographs is Brandt’s experimentation with perception and light. He used a wide-angle lens to great effect, distorting parts of the body through unusual angles and perspectives. Greatly influenced by the cinematography of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane (1941), there appears to be a very cinematic atmosphere to his studies of nudes.
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