Bill Brandt is considered to be one of the most important photographers of the 20th Century. He was born in 1904 in
He began his career in the 1920s as Man Ray’s assistant and he learnt a great deal, watching his experiments and learning new techniques. Man Ray was an American surrealist painter and photographer, who was best known for his avant-garde photography of fashion and portraiture.
In 1933 Brandt moved to
He travelled the country visiting Sheffield and the North of England, capturing the Jarrow Hunger marches, the lives of miners and the widespread depression the war was having on
‘It is essential for the photographer to know the effect of his lenses. The lens is his eye, and it makes or ruins his pictures. A feeling for composition is a great asset. I think it is very much a matter of instinct. … He must discover his own world.’
During the Blitz in the Second World War he was commissioned by the Ministry of Information to documented the bomb shelters of the London Underground. After the war he left documentary style photography because it had become fashionable and everybody did it.
‘Whatever the reason, the poetic trend of photography, which had already excited me in my early
Brandt died in 1983 in