Fascinated by the strange
Hermann Wilhelm Brandt (1904-1983) was born in Germany to a British father and a German mother.In 1931 he moved to England where he initially became known for his photographs of British society. Later he made distorted nudes, portraits of famous artists and landscapes. His works exhibit important social commentary and a poetic resonance. His landscapes and nudes are dynamic and powerful, often using wide-angle lenses to create distorted compositions.
Departing from the notion that the sinister (unheimlich) is an ever present element of Brandt’s photographs, the exhibition shows how this characteristic manifests itself in both his artistic and documentary practice. From his earliest photographs in the nineteen-thirties, to his portraits and nudes in later years, Brandt shows a permanent fascination to the strange. Bill Brandt is widely considered to be one of the most important British photographers of the 20th century.
For more information about Bill Brandt and the exhibition, visit the FOAM website.