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Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light

ISBN: 9780500544242
Author(s): Sarah Hermanson Meister & Glenn D. Lowry
Format: hardback
Year published: 2013
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 208
Illustrations: Includes 255 illustrations

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Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light is the first full-scale examination of Brandts oeuvre that attempts to trace a coherent trajectory across the photographers multifaceted career. With 162 rich duotone reproductions made from the finest of the photographers vintage prints, this book seeks to lay out Brandts career in all its unruly splendour, as Sarah Hermanson Meister writes in her introductory essay. Meisters fresh scholarship and keen attention to the chronological developments of Brandts career including, for the first time, an analysis of the dramatic evolution of Brandts printing techniques shed new light on an artist long considered an enigma by art historians.

A comprehensive survey of the work Brandt published during World War II in a number of popular illustrated magazines reveals the origins of some of his most remarkable postwar work, while a technical examination of the photographers often painstaking retouching techniques, accompanied by detailed illustrations, offers an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the process that was critical to the ultimate impact of Brandts extraordinary photographs.

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