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Purchased through the Cecil Beaton Royalties Fund
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This album belonged to Bill Brandt's first wife, Eva Boros. It illustrates Brandt's early photographic career in Vienna, Hungary, Hamburg, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid and London. In addition to being of primary importance to Brandt's biography, the album illustrates many of the major themes of his oeuvre, such as night life in the St. Paul's district of Hamburg, everyday scenes in Paris and, most importantly, the subject matter of his first two books, 'The English at Home' (1936) and 'A Night in London' (1938). Many key works are included here in what must be their earliest versions, as relatively small prints (often contact prints). In addition, these are illuminating photographs that have so far not been published, such as a view of Brandt's bedroom in Paris in 1933, which includes the Surrealist journal 'Varietes'.
Black and white photograph of a lake with trees on the horizon.
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Height: 8 cm, Length: 11.2 cm
Object history note
This photograph was taken at the summer colony, Grundslee, of Dr Eugenie Schwarzwald from whom Bill Brandt and Eva Boros were receiving treatment for tuberculosis. Dr Schwarzwald is credited as suggesting to Bill Brandt that he should take up photography.
Landscape photograph by Bill Brandt, ca. 1928-9, from Bill Brandt album.
Gelatin silver process
Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection