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Shadow and Light

by Bill Brandt
Shadow and Light
by Bill Brandt

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Bill Brandt: Shadow & Light is the first full-scale examination of Brandt’s work to trace a coherent trajectory across the photographer’s multifaceted career. Fresh scholarship and attention to the chronology of Brandt’s career – including an analysis of the dramatic evolution of Brandt’s printing techniques – shed new light on an artist long considered an enigma by art historians.

Includes 162 tritone reproductions made from the finest of the Brandt’s vintage prints.

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 was quickly embraced as one of Britain’s most celebrated artists. His chronicle of the social structure of his adopted country in the 1930s was followed by a wide range of work, including portraits of virtually every British cultural luminary, powerful landscapes and a dramatic, groundbreaking series of nudes. Yet these achievements have often been viewed 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.

A comprehensive survey of the work Brandt published during World War II in 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.

"This full examination of Brandt’s life’s work is one of the broadest and most interesting [studies] … a wealth of biographical material … the technical details of how he shaped his final images are fascinating" – Amateur Photographer

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Size: 266 x 224 mm

208 pages, with 255 illustrations, 162 in tritone

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