Bill Brandt (British (born Germany), Hamburg 1904–1983 London)
Gelatin silver print with applied media
Image: 23.2 x 19.7 cm (9 1/8 x 7 3/4 in.)
Frame: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Purchase, Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation and Joseph M. Cohen Gifts, 2011
Not on view
Brandt first became known for his incisive photographs documenting class stratification in 1930s England. After World War II, he largely retreated from his documentary work into the realm of desire and fantasy that he had first explored as an apprentice to the American Surrealist Man Ray in 1929. Using an old fashioned Kodak police camera with a fish-eye lens, Brandt created an extensive series of hallucinatory studies of the female form. Among the most striking is this photograph of a seated nude who appears to have three arms—an effect he produced by exposing a single negative twice in the camera and then retouching the print with graphite.