Few Are Chosen: Street Photography and the Book, 1936–1966

November 5, 2004–March 6, 2005

Bill Brandt

The English at Home, published in 1936 by Bill Brandt (British, born Germany, 1904–1983), is a penetrating look at contemporary English society in and around London in the early 1930s, with the English class system emerging as the book's unlikely protagonist. Throughout the book, Brandt juxtaposes images of upper-class life, such as After the Theatre and Parlourmaid and Under-Parlourmaid Ready to Serve Dinner, with those from the world of the working classes, such as Window on Osborne Street and Rainswept Roofs. Brandt's progression of images highlights the different habits and habitats of those on opposite ends of the economic spectrum.