Bill Brandt, ‘Barbary Castle, Marlborough Downs’, 1948, Heritage Auctions
Bill Brandt, ‘Barbary Castle, Marlborough Downs’, 1948, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Scattered pinhead-sized retouching spots in the sky and scattered small foxing spots visible in racking light. Three 1/2 inch hairline indents and 4 inch scuff mark visible in racking light. On mount 20 x 16 inches with scattered foxing spots.

Signature: Signed in ink on mount recto.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About Bill Brandt

Throughout a career that encompassed a wide variety of subjects and printing styles, British photographer Bill Brandt enabled viewers to see the world with, as he put it, “a sense of wonder.” He began his career as an assistant to Man Ray in Paris, where he discovered the work of Eugène Atget and Hungarian photographer Brassaï. Upon returning to England, he became known for his incisive documentary work, including his landmark series “The English at Home”, and, later, revealing images of London under siege during the Blitz of WWII. After the war, he turned his focus to the human body, using unusual perspectives to transform flesh into abstract landscapes. Unlike his famous contemporaries like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brandt experimented freely with artificial light, cropping, and photomontage. “Photography is not a sport,” he said. “It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried.”

British, b. Germany, 1904-1983, Hamburg, Germany