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Bill Brandt (1904-1983), Photographer
Sitter in 32 portraits
Artist of 120 portraits
Born into an Anglo-German family in Hamburg, Brandt learnt photography in Vienna in the 1920s, spending three months in 1930 as an assistant to Man Ray. Brandt settled with his wife Eva in London in 1934. He published his first photographic impressions of the country, staged by friends and family, as The English at Home (1936). His commissions for Lilliput magazine from 1941 established him as a portraitist, and he became a regular contributor to Harper's Bazaar. A series of portraits of writers was published as Literary Britain in 1951. His book Bill Brandt Portraits was published in 1982, the same year the National Portrait Gallery staged a portrait retrospective.
by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar, New York July 1945