Bill Brandt


Ramón Esparza

Fundación MAPFRE
Centro de Fotografía KBr Fundación MAPFRE — Avinguda del Litoral, nº 30, 08005 Barcelona  

  • Mar-dom y festivos / Mon-Sun & holidays): 11:00 - 19:00 h.
    Lun / Mon: Cerrado (excepto festivos) / Closed (except holidays)

Entrada / Admission: 3€



An apprentice to Man Ray and influenced at the outset by artists such as Brassaï and Eugène Atget, Bill Brandt is considered one of the founders of modern photography. Many of his works are essential for an understanding of British life in the mid-20th century and Brandt can be located among the visionaries who located photography’s creative potential in the contemplation of the world around them. Nonetheless, the emphasis on aesthetic considerations over documentary ones and a lifelong attraction for oddness are two permanent features of his work. A relationship with the European avant-garde movements of the day and to a greater degree with Surrealism are also evident in much of Brandt’s output.


The exhibition is divided into thematic sections that span almost five decades of work. It will include nearly 200 vintage prints developed by the artist in addition to documentary material, courtesy of the Bill Brandt Archive and the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York.


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