Bill Brandt


Featuring images spanning his entire career, this comprehensive monograph explores the hidden themes behind the work of photographer Bill Brandt


ISBN: 9780500545386 Category:

Maude de la Forterie, Bill Brandt, Nigel Warburton


With a career spanning nearly half a century, Bill Brandt was a master of several major genres of photography: photojournalism, portraiture, the nude and landscapes. At first glance, Brandt’s genres may appear unrelated, but when analysing his career in its entirety, a common theme comes to the forefront: what psychologist Sigmund Freud and philosopher Eugenio Trías called ‘the sinister.’ From his earliest photographs taken as an amateur in the 1930s to his late portraits and studies of the female body, Brandt expresses a fascination with the strange and dark aspects of life that only he can reveal.

With 200 photographs from throughout Brandt’s career, this book adds a crucial chapter to the analysis of this key figure in 20th-century photography. Bill Brandt is set to become an authoritative retrospective.

Additional information

Weight 1939 g
Dimensions 25.1 x 29 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 24 March 2021
Number of pages 312
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Ramón Esparza
Dimensions 25.1 x 29 cm
Weight 1939 g


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Ramón Esparza is professor of audiovisual communication and theory at the Universidad del País Vasco and an independent curator. Maud de la Forterie is a specialist on the work of Bill Brandt. She completed her doctoral studies at the Sorbonne. Nigel Warburton is a philosopher and writer.