BRANDT, BILL

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THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

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Hardcover, 9 x 10.5 in. / 208 pgs / 254 duotone.

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PUB DATE 3/31/2013
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CATALOG: SPRING 2013 p. 20   

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New York
The Museum of Modern Art, 03/05/13-08/12/13

"The pre-eminent British photographer of the 20th century, Bill Brandt, took pictures whose balance of art and humanity is frequently called strange, mysterious and irresistible. The best induce us to pore over them, exploring their psychology as much as their form, their implied narratives as much as their brooding blacks or parsimonious whites, their connections to the history of art as much as their documentary realism. Brandt himself wrote in 1948 that he admired photography's power to make people see the world anew, to experience it with 'a sense of wonder.'"--Roberta Smith, The New York Times.

  

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Edited and with text by Sarah Hermanson Meister. Text by Lee Ann Daffner.

Featured image is reproduced from <I>Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light</I>.Bill Brandt was the preeminent British photographer of the twentieth century, a founding father of photography’s modernist tradition whose half-century-long career defies neat categorization. This publication presents the photographer’s entire oeuvre, with special emphasis on his investigation of English life in the 1930s and his innovative late nudes. The Museum of Modern Art has been exhibiting and collecting Brandt’s photographs since the late 1940s, and has recently more than doubled its collection of vintage prints of his work, which forms the core of this selection. An essay by Sarah Hermanson Meister, Curator in the Department of Photography at MoMA, sets the artist’s life and work in the context of twentieth-century photographic history. With rich duotone illustrations that highlight the special characteristics of Brandt’s prints, this volume is an invaluable resource to students and scholars alike. Lee Ann Daffner, the Museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Conservator of Photographs, contributes an illustrated glossary of Brandt’s retouching techniques, enhancing the appreciation of Brandt’s printing processes. The book also includes a generously illustrated appendix of Brandt’s published photo-stories during the Second World War.
Bill Brandt (1904–1983) moved to London from Germany in 1934 and quickly began his investigation of British society, resulting in what would become his signature publications: The English at Home (1936) and A Night in London (1938). He continued to photograph in London throughout World War II, contributing regularly to Picture Post and Harper’s Bazaar. His postwar career expanded to include portraits and landscapes, and the celebrated series of nudes that remain his crowning achievement. His other major books include Camera in London (1948), Literary Britain (1951) and Perspective of Nudes (1961). Brandt died in London in 1983.

Featured image is reproduced from Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Time Out Magazine

Howard Halle

This survey takes a long-overdue, in-depth look at one of the true giants of modern photography.

Choice

C. Bunnell

British photographer Bill Brandt, who died in 1983, has been one of the most published of his generation. The bibliography is significant and the authors varied, but the reproductions of the images have remained largely the same - pictures of England's upper and lower classes, landscape, portraits (especially authors), and studies of the female nude.

American Photo

Jack Crager

In contrast to an alternate new book of Brandt's nudes, this volume shows his full range, including studies of working-class Londoners in the 1930s and surreal French landscapes in the 1950s.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/13/2013

What Went On in the Dark: 'Wall Street Journal' Reviews 'Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light'

What Went On in the Dark: 'Wall Street Journal' Reviews 'Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light'In this week's review of MoMA's current Bill Brandt retrospective, William Meyers of the Wall Street Journal writes, "And, finally, his nudes. They make me think of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver surveying the bodies of the Brobdingnagian women; seen close up they are simultaneously humorous, grotesque and erotic. The nude, as Kenneth Clark taught us, is a classic form, but Brandt succeeded in reorienting our understanding of it, first by picturing it in unfamiliar settings such as middle-class living rooms, and then by using a view camera designed for shooting landscapes; bringing the lens close to a body part enormously exaggerated its size relative to the rest of the body. Sarah Hermanson Meister, who curated Shadow and Light, assembled more than 40 of Brandt's nudes so we can appreciate his creative fecundity, and multiple prints of some images to understand his experiments with scale and with contrast; toward the end, grays receded and everything was either black or white." Featured image, "London" (1954), is reproduced from the exhibition catalog, Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light. continue to blog


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Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light

BILL BRANDT: SHADOW AND LIGHT

Edited and with text by Sarah Hermanson Meister. Text by Lee Ann Daffner.

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9780870708459 | US $55.00

Pub Date: 3/31/2013
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Bill Brandt: Behind The Camera

BILL BRANDT: BEHIND THE CAMERA

Essays by Mark Haworth-Booth and David Mellor.

APERTURE

ISBN: 9780893811709 | US $30.00

Pub Date: 6/15/2005
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Bill Brandt: Brandt Icons

BILL BRANDT: BRANDT ICONS

Essay by Nigel Warburton.

THE BILL BRANDT ARCHIVE

ISBN: 9781874111702 | US $9.98

Pub Date: 8/2/2004
Out of print | Not available


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