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Facing the Lens: Bill Brandt

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Bill Brandt
British, 1904 – 1983
Self Portrait with Mirror, East Sussex Coast, 1966
Gelatin silver print
The Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison Fund 95.15.2
Image: Bill Brandt © Bill Brandt Archive, Ltd.

Bill Brandt, one of England’s most significant twentieth-century photographers, is most recognized for his nudes and reportage on the country’s classes and mores. Between the World Wars he documented the everyday lives of both the rich and the poor in England, publishing the images in magazines and books. Beginning in 1945 he concentrated on the female form, photographing both indoors and out, often using a wide-angle lens that distorted the images into surreal shapes. Most of his pictures feature high-contrast effects, exaggerating the light and dark areas, with little in between.

Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers is on view January 21—August 28, 2011 in the Harrison Photography Gallery 365.

Audio Tour
Eight photographers featured as subjects in the show talk about photography and their work. Hear them on your mobile device at

Participate in the Exhibition
Upload your self-portrait or photos of photographers to the MIA’s Facing the Lens group on Flickr. Your photos will be featured in the gallery and also on the MIA’s Web site. Please include your name, title of photo, and the date the photo was taken.
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