Germany 1904 – Great Britain 1983
No title (Coal miners houses without windows to the street). (1937) Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Brandt was born into a wealthy family of merchant bankers in Hamburg. In his late teenage years he contracted tuberculosis and spent time in sanatoriums in Switzerland, an experience which possibly made him sensitive to the suffering of others. His father was born in London and it was there that Brandt settled permanently. He set about recording the social customs and class structure of his new homeland and his work appeared widely in books and picture magazines. Unusually for the time Brandt’s approach was neither sentimental nor patronising.
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