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    Discuss a Bill Brandt photograph

    I thought it was about time we had a few more photographers from the other side of the Pond Not implying that either side of said Pond are the only places to draw photographers from...so lets have some different nationalities, the more the better...

    I've chosen Bill Brandt as someone I admire, for many reasons - his versatility, for one, he was able to move easily from portraiture to documentary to landscape to innovative work. The way printing was integral to his art, another.

    It's very hard to pick one, so I've chosen two (& it would be good to bring others in through the thread), The first is one I've always liked a lot - it's his portrait of Francis Bacon, taken in 1963.
    http://www.masters-of-photography.co...acon_full.html


    The second is Miners Returning to Daylight, South Wales 1931-35
    http://www.masters-of-photography.co...ning_full.html

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    The Bacon pic is one of my all time favorites. So simple, so... not

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    Bill Brandt was such a wonderful photographer. Influential on many today and yet often so little known.

    This is one of my favorites



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    Bill Brandt at the Boca Raton Art Museum

    There is currently an excellent Bill Brandt exhibition at the Boca Raton Art Museum in Boca Raton, Florida. All of his work is well represented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artur Zeidler
    Bill Brandt was such a wonderful photographer. Influential on many today and yet often so little known.

    This is one of my favorites


    Mine too - I nearly posted it with the others!
    Surprising you say 'often so little known?' Not the case in the U.K.

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    ...also a big black recent book of his work, which I recently got hold of as a companion to the new Callahan book.

    I have to admit that I'm not particularly fond of his London landscape and blitz stuff, but the portraits are so great (Dylan Thomas - yeow)

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    I like the Bacon portrait. It looks like it could have been a a cover photo on a 1950's-era jazz album.

    Cool, daddy, cool....

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    To me the photo of the miners is quite effective. For myself the other two photos are spoiled due to my not being able to get past the manner in which they are printed.

    No flame wars please.. just accept it as being my failure not Mr. Brandt's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by copake_ham
    I like the Bacon portrait. It looks like it could have been a a cover photo on a 1950's-era jazz album.

    Cool, daddy, cool....
    A bit of context for it - (that word's getting difficult to use) - it was taken on Primrose Hill (Regent's Park), very cool and up and coming in the sixties (and arty). Brandt made Bacon walk down the hill several times until he managed to get *the* shot.

    I love the composition - the hill/trees in the background, the line of the path, the way he's disobeying the standard by having the gaslight askew, the subject walking out of the picture. Bacon was (the story goes) getting fed up by this time, but he looks absorbed, not conscious of the photographer at all. I love the way it's printed, very moody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire Senft
    To me the photo of the miners is quite effective. For myself the other two photos are spoiled due to my not being able to get past the manner in which they are printed.

    No flame wars please.. just accept it as being my failure not Mr. Brandt's.
    It is true he had his own very distinctive style. Went to a big retrospective of his work about 2 years ago, all prints by him. In the original they are surprising because they are smaller than you expect, and also if anything even darker than you normally see them. Definitely something you either like or hate, but not best viewed on screen, I feel - you don't get the sense of richness which is such an important part of his work.
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