Bill Brandt

From 09/10/2020 until 24/01/2021

An apprentice in Man Ray's studio and influenced in his origins by artists such as Brassaï, André Kertész or Eugène Atget, Bill Brandt (Hamburg, 1904-London, 1983), one of the founders of modern photography, conceived the language of photography as a powerful means of contemplating and understanding reality, but always from a primacy of aesthetic considerations over documentary ones. Published in the press or in books, some of his photographs quickly became iconic pieces, indispensable for understanding mid-century English society.

His work also expresses a permanent attraction to everything strange, to everything that causes attraction as strangeness and provokes unease. His aesthetics are thus close to the concept of "the sinister", understood as the opposite of anything familiar, or the usual. This element will act as a plot line for a professional and artistic production that, at first, seems erratic and dispersed.

His latest work shows a more experimental approach, a search for innovation through cutting and framing, evident above all in nude images.

Bill Brandt: Cuckmere River, 1963. Colección privada.© Cortesía Bill Brandt Archive y Edwynn Houk Gallery