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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 5. Bill Brandt (1904–1983)

In the 1930s, when Bill Brandt photographed the people of London, he found a split between the classes in a tough economic climate. Many of these images are portraits of people in daily activities, such as a portrait of a woman at a crowded beach and one of a family at the dinner table. He also photographed nudes and landscapes, often adding surrealistic elements to many of his photos. In one such photo, he has a profile of a woman turned on her side so she looks up in the foreground, with windows in the background.

Brandt was born in Germany. After becoming a studio photographer in his early 20s, he got a chance to meet Man Ray (see the “Just Who Was Man Ray?” sidebar in Chapter 1), who ended up influencing his ...

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