Works by Bill Brandt
Brandt’s career comprises two distinct chapters: first, an extended series on British social values throughout the 1930s and World War II and, second, a prolonged photographic study of the female nude, where he used lens distortion to transform the body, often placed in relation to elements in nature. He spent several formative months in the Paris studio of Man Ray in 1929 and worked regularly for the picture press in the 1930s and ’40s, including Harper’s Bazaar and Picture Post. Brandt also photographed Henry Moore and his work extensively, creating now-iconic photographs of people sheltering in subway stations during the war and Moore working on drawings. The range of Brandt’s subjects and his working method helped change the thinking about photography in the arts in the United Kingdom and beyond.