Germany 1904 – Great Britain 1983
Baie des Anges, France
Creation Notes: printed c.1979
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
During the post-war period, the focus of Brandt’s work shifted from reportage to nudes, portraiture and landscape, subjects that reflected his interest in photographic modernism. Shot with a wide-angle lens and paying particular attention to lighting, Brandt used radical cropping and fragmentation of the female form to create optical distortion and a sense of displacement. This work explored new spatial relationships in landscape photography and brought together abstract and surrealist undercurrents, reflecting Brandt’s close association with the work of Surrealist photographers Brassaïand Man Ray, with whom he worked in 1930.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra