Bill Brandt/Henry Moore review – a coruscating chronicle of British lifeSean O'Hagan , The Guardian
"From blitz victims to dust-coated miners and the rocks of Stonehenge, the affinities between German photographer and British sculptor are shown in works of sepulchral beauty...
Bill Brandt and Henry Moore met for the first time in 1942, when the German-born photographer was commissioned by Lilliput magazine to shoot the quintessentially British sculptor in his studio. The resulting portrait appeared in a spread devoted to the two artists’ shelter pictures – both had made extended series of sleeping Londoners huddled in platforms and tunnels on the underground during the blitz. Their meeting, and the shared subject matter that prompted it, is the conceptual starting point for this fascinating exhibition, which traces their parallel paths and overlapping interests." - Sean O'Hagen
Bill Brandt/Henry Moore at The Hepworth WakefieldApollo Magazine
This exhibition draws attention to the interdisciplinary interests of Henry Moore by connecting his work to that of the photographer Bill Brandt. Moore was a keen draughtsman, and met Brandt when both were creating their ‘shelter pictures’: sketches and photographs of civilians shielding from the Blitz on the London Underground. The exhibition, which reopens on 1 August and has been extended until 1 November, explores this and the other points of intersection between the two artists throughout their careers. It is scheduled to travel to the Sainsbury Center for Visual Art in Norwich and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven.
SEVEN SEMINAL IMAGES BY BILL BRANDTHungerTV May 19, 2016
Bill Brandt was one of the acknowledged masters of 20th-century photography. Taken as a whole, his work constitutes one of the most varied and vivid social documents of Great Britain, producing a body of photographic works that range from stark realism and social commentary to pure abstraction and surrealism.
Bill Brandt leaves picture-perfect legacy - and it's on show Art Basel Hong KongFrancesca Fearon, South China Morning Post May 15, 2014
Bill Brandt is regarded as one of the masters of 20th-century photography. The German-born, London-based photographer was known for his portraits - which included Francis Bacon, poet Ezra Pound and novelist Graham Greene - and his landscapes, his reportage of London during the blitz and his nudes.
Brandt was, according to London gallerist Michael Hoppen, "part of that young group of artists [in the 1920s and 30s] who saw photography as the great new development of science, art and technology. He created beauty out of science"...
Bill Brandt’s Negative BeginningsJames Estrin, Lens New York Times August 1, 2013
Young people sometimes look at the world with brash certainty, seeing only absolutes — stark blacks and bright whites. But time and experience teach us that life exists mostly in nuanced gray, and that ambiguity often provides insight.
For the photographer Bill Brandt, the reverse was true. His early social documentary work was rendered almost entirely in subtle midtones. It was only in his later, and more famous, nudes and landscapes that he made strikingly high-contrast prints.
Let There Be Dark: Bill Brandt’s Shadow and LightRichard Lacayo, Time March 7, 2013
In Brandt’s inky photographs, the sky can be a tar pit. Lovers in an illicit room can take on the gray scale and density of anthracite. Darkness has more than an aesthetic appeal for Brandt. For him, its charms are metaphysical. It stabilizes a haphazard world and pays due respect to its mysteries.
The charm of the alien - Bill BrandtPaul Delany, The Guardian February 21, 2004
Bill Brandt always thought of his nudes as his most important work. But, Paul Delany argues, he has a particular place among great British photographers for bringing an outsider's eye to his adopted country and capturing a strangeness that has come to seem familiar and true