Gordon Fraser, 1982 First edition Hardcover with dust jacket, 122 pages, 255 x 295 mm Text in English, French and German Condition: Good. Small tear on back of dust jacket, general wear. Internally fine.
Bill Brandt began photographing the nude in 1945 and continued off and on until his death. Nudes surveys those 35 years, divided into six chronological periods reflecting Brandt's evolving approach. The photographs were taken with a shutterless old Kodak he found in a secondhand shop. His images "conjure a dream world of skewed perspectives [the product of the camera's wide-angle lens] in which his nude female subjects appeared to float unanchored or loom like giants." Brandt knew well how the camera can isolate and explore fragments of the real world with such intensity that they take on new identities. When photographing nudes, he displaced objects and distorted scale in such a way that the viewer must reconsider the familiar. Looking at these photographs, we have to free our eyes and teach them to see the statement of intent in the natural form.
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