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Bill Brandt with his Kodak Wideangle camera

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)

  • Date:

    1945 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Goehr, Laelia (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 911, box R

Physical description

Black and white photograph of the photographer Bill Brandt holding a camera in front of his face so that only the area from below his eyes up, and a portion of his left ear are visible. The camera is a large black square with numerous small metal fixings.

Place of Origin

London (photographed)


1945 (photographed)


Goehr, Laelia (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print


Height: 18.2 cm, Width: 15.2 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph by Laelia Goehr, 'Bill Brandt with his Kodak Wideangle Camera', gelatin silver print, 1945

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Mark Haworth-Booth, 'Bill Brandt Reading, London, 1945', History of Photography, 26:3, pp.222-223

‘I have always liked the series of portraits of Brandt taken by Laelia Goehr. She had asked him to teach her photography…. a series of seven taken at Brandt’s flat in Hill-field Court, Belsize Park, North London, in 1945. She kindly gave the negatives to the Victoria and Albert Museum forty years later .’

Labels and date

Bill Brandt with his Kodak Wide-Angle

Goehr learned photography from Bill Brandt, a
leading British photographer of the 20th century.
Here she photographed him posing with his
newly-acquired Kodak Wide-Angle camera.
Originally used by police to photograph crime
scenes, Brandt experimented with the camera to
produce his series Perspectives on Nudes, one of
which is included in this display.

Gelatin silver print
Museum no. PH.67-1984 [23/7/2016-5/3/2017]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Private


Photographic paper


Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted



Photographs; Portraits

Production Type

Unlimited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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