Bill BRANDT, Baie des Anges, France Enlarge 1 /1


Germany 1904 – Great Britain 1983

  • France 1929, England from 1931

Baie des Anges, France 1959 Place made: France
Creation Notes: printed c.1979
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: image 34.0 h x 29.1 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1979
Accession No: NGA 79.2286
Image rights: © Bill Brandt Archive Ltd

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