A Life in Photography
Photographs by Bill Brandt. Text by Paul Delany.
Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2004. 336 pp., 100 black-and-white illustrations, 8x10".
Cat# SU010H Hardbound $47.50
Paul Delany presents an utterly fascinating
biography of Bill Brandt, one
of photography's most enigmatic figures.
Known for his stylized photographs
of English society and for his
surrealistically distorted nudes in
interior settings, Brandt led a life of
intrigue and estrangement, mental
and physical illness. Delany traces Brandt's life through
photographs, travels, testimonies, and lovers to unlock the
secret meanings and references within Brandt's images. In
doing so, he reveals the delicious fantasies that captivated
Brandt's imagination; ménage à trois and elaborate lies
abound. Brandt's complex love triangles, his tenuous relationship
with Man Ray, his fabrications of English upbringing,
his interactions with the highest literary and artistic
circles, and his private life of obsession make for a captivating
read. The fine reproductions, meticulously contextualized
in the text, take on new meaning and transform
the way his work will be understood in the future.
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