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Brandt - The Photography of Bill Brandt [Hardcover]

Bill Jay , Nigel Warburton
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4 Oct 1999
A comprehensive study of the work of photographer Bill Brandt, and a catalogue to an exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London. Brandt's work falls across a number of categories. He created odd, surrealist compositions, stemming from his early work in Man Ray's Paris studio, as well as telling images conveying social comment on Britain in the 1930s. His intensely dark portrayals of London and the industrial towns of northern England contrast with his softer, even lyrical evocations of landscape. He is perhaps best known for his sequence of ever more abstracted studies of the nude, but his telling portrayals of artists from the same period remain immediate and perceptive decades later. This book explores, on a large scale, all the different aspects of Brandt's work.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (4 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500542341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500542347
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 25.1 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 915,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Brandt (1904-1983) was one of the century's most important photographers-a man whose work ranged from starkly realistic images of industrial workers to surreal studies of the human body. This is the first comprehensive retrospective on this protean artist. Interpretive essays and 350 of Brandt's finest photographs, reproduced in stunning duotone, illuminate every phase of a long and varied career: his stint as an assistant to Man Ray; his early photojournalism, which shows the influence that Brandt and Brassa had on one another; his dark portraits of England's industrial north; the haunting images of London during the blitz; his evocative series of English literary landscapes; and Brandt's famous abstract nudes. This volume is sure to become the standard reference on a truly great photographer. 350 photographs in duotone, 320 pages, 911/2 x 1111/2" Advertising: Art magazines BILL JAY is professor of photography studies at Arizona State University. As the editor of a groundbreaking British photography journal he came into frequent contact with Bill Brandt, whom he came to admire as a photographer without equal. He is the author of 15 books on the history and criticism of photography. NIGEL WARBURTON is a lecturer in philosophy at England's Open Univer sity, specializing in the philosophy of aesthetics, on which he has published several books. He has also published numerous articles on photography and is editor of Bill Brandt in the World Photographers Reference Series.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about a Great Photographer 18 Mar 2001
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The book oozes quality. It is well printed. The photographs are rendered in duotone...and the blacks ARE black. In books about B&W photography, this is surely the main thing There are an enormous number of Brandt's prints, certainly all the notable ones, and quite a few I hadn't seen before. You can but marvel at the genius of the artist when reading this book. The book isn't cheap, but, as the O'real adverts say, "It's worth it".
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5.0 out of 5 stars "What's my name?" (Cassius Clay) 22 Nov 2012
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A knockout. This is a great book, beautifully produced, about one of the greatest photographers. As is often the case with these reviews, one is usually preaching to the converted; suffice to say this is the only book you would ever need on Bill Brandt. Of course its nice to possess others, but this is the only one you'll "need", should have. My only complaint is that some images are printed "full page", which is verging on disasterous for most photographs. Why do they do it? It almost always results in unnecessary cropping. That aside - if you can find a copy - buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely first rate in form and content 16 Nov 1999
By James Gollin - Published on
I've been a fan of Bill Brandt for decades, have nearly all the books on Brandt, and am a significant collector of his photographs. I am pleased to say that this book has helped me to see Brandt's work with new eyes, yet again. The images are beautifully and faithfully displayed, the accompanying text helpful, insightful. For too long, purchasing major books on Brandt was an exercise in out-of-print frustration. If you have any interest in Brandt, or if you know someone who does, buy this book! It exceeds expectations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Collection! 12 Mar 2000
By Andrew Kaiser - Published on
This book really shows how amazing Bill Brandt was as both a photographer and an artist. His work dives into so many areas from landscapes, to documentry work, to stunning figure studies. His use of high contrast is haunting in the best possible way. I was particularly pleased with the way the book covers his entire body of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant Brandt 26 April 2001
By Michael Evans - Published on
I recieved this book last christmas as a gift after been totally inspired by his work in various galleries and musems for some years. This book is beautifully presented covering the different subject matters including london, north england, nudes. Looking at these pictures gives one an overall idea what a great talent he was and is one of the gretest photographers of all time. If you are a lover of fine art photography or just enjoy great photography this book is most defently worth buying. A brilliant book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quality of printing is no good.. 11 July 2004
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Great selection but the quality of printing is no good. Buy different one of him.
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