Bill Brandt - Photographs Evening & Day New York Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Abrams, Brandt: The Photography of Bill Brandt, pl. 254
    Aperture, Bill Brandt: Behind the Camera, p. 63
    Connolly and Haworth-Booth, Bill Brandt: Shadow of Light, pl. 139
    Jeffrey, Bill Brandt: Photographs 1928-1983, p. 175
    Photo Poche, Bill Brandt, pl. 59

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ruth Ansel was first introduced to Bill Brandt’s work through early issues of Harper’s Bazaar, where he regularly contributed stunning, often surreal images. Lots 131-136, including the very rare Self Portrait, circa 1966, were contributed by Brandt, for potential inclusion in his The Enchanted Third Eye feature spread published in November 1966. Images offered in lots 135 and 134 of the renowned artists Jean Dubuffet and Joan Miró in their studios were similarly produced for spotlights on the artists, with only a select few printed in the final magazine stories. Recalls Ansel:

    “When I first went through the fascinating bound volumes of Harper’s Bazaar from the 30’s and 40’s, I discovered the brilliant photographic work of Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray and Bill Brandt. Their inventive work was published side by side with the fashion photographs of Munkácsi, Horst and a young Avedon. It was all part of the visual landscape at Harper’s. This was a tradition started by the great Alexey Brodovitch and taken up by myself, and Bea Feitler.

    “I immediately fell in love with Bill Brandt’s inky black photographs with a depth of field that brought everything into focus from back to front,” Ansel says. “Bill could photograph any subject we assigned him. He always sent back perfect choices, whether it be a Palladian Villa, a nude on the beach or portraits of a writer or artist. His images, once seen, were unforgettable."

An Influential Vision: The Collection of Ruth Ansel


East Sussex Coast

Gelatin silver print, mounted, printed circa 1966.
9 x 7 3/4 in. (22.9 x 19.7 cm)

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $9,375

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Photographs Evening & Day

New York 5 & 6 October 2016