Bill Brandt.
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. Read Publisher's Description.

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