Bill Brandt is an internationally recognized British photographer. He was born on May 2, 1904, in Hamburg, Germany. After World War I, Brandt contracted tuberculosis and was treated in Vienna. Once cured, he was taken under the wing of the socialite Eugenie Schwarzwald, and while spending time at Schwarzwald's residence, Brandt took his first important photograph, a portrait of the poet Ezra Pound. Pound then introduced Brandt to Man Ray, and Brandt would go on to assist Man Ray in his studio in Paris from 1929-30. Brandt settled in London in 1932 and began taking photographs of the industrial, middle, and working classes. During World War II, Brandt documented the night air raids and underground shelters in London for the British Home Office. After the war, he worked as a freelance photographer in London and has had many solo exhibitions across the United States and Europe, including a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Hayward Gallery in London. Brandt is also known for his dynamic and intense nude photography. He passed away in 1983.
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