Bill Brandt

Bill Brandt : Shadow and Light

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Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light is the first full-scale examination of Brandt's oeuvre that attempts to trace a coherent trajectory across the photographer's multifaceted career. With 162 rich duotone reproductions made from the finest of the photographer's vintage prints, this book seeks to lay out Brandt's career in `all its unruly splendour,' as Sarah Hermanson Meister writes in her introductory essay. Meister's fresh scholarship and keen attention to the chronological developments of Brandt's career - including, for the first time, an analysis of the dramatic evolution of Brandt's printing techniques - shed new light on an artist long considered an enigma by art historians. A comprehensive survey of the work Brandt published during World War II in a number of popular 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 224 x 266 x 22.1mm | 1,310g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • With 255 illustrations, 162 in tritone
  • 0500544247
  • 9780500544242
  • 424,149

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'This full examination of Brandt's life's work is one of the broadest and most interesting ... a wealth of biographical material ... the technical details of how he shaped his final images are fascinating' - Amateur Photographer 'Brings together for the first time all the strands to identify a coherent pattern ... There is so much to applaud and inspire here ... Brandt's reputation as the most British of photographers continues to be enhanced, at home and abroad' - The World of Interiors '... gives an insight not only into his image making and printing, but also into the man himself' - Black & White Photography 'A perfect introduction to his striking work' - Amateur Photographer
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About Sarah Hermanson Meister

Sarah Hermanson Meister is a Curator in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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