Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light


The most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of Brandt’s work on the market today.

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Sarah Hermanson Meister, Lee Ann Daffner


Bill Brandt was the pre-eminent British photographer of the twentieth century and 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 recently has more than doubled its collection of vintage prints of his work, which form the core of this selection. An essay by Sarah Hermanson Meister sets his life and work in the context of twentieth century photographic history. Brandt’s printing style changed dramatically over the course of his career, and this will be a secondary focus. With rich duotone illustrations that highlight the special characteristics of Brandt’s prints, this volume will be an invaluable resource to students and scholars alike. Lee Ann Daffner 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, which will clarify the trajectory of Brandt’s career as never before.

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Weight 1300 g
Dimensions 23.7 x 27.2 cm
Publisher name The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date 1 May 2017
Number of pages 208
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.7 x 27.2 cm
Weight 1300 g


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Sarah Hermanson Meister is a Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Lee Ann Daffner is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Conservator of Photographs at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.