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Bill Brandt's Photography

by Olivia Lau

The Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University is fortunate to own 25 original photographs by Bill Brandt, one of the greatest British photographers of the 20th century. This virtual exhibition analyses examples of Brandt’s work during the 1930s, drawn from the collection. Due to various copyright considerations and technical difficulties, the images which follow are not the Cantor Center’s original prints, but drawn from Brandt’s last book, The Shadow of Light (1966). The captions include information for each image drawn from the museum’s database, including the accession number, for further reference. The essay which follows examines photographs in context of English society during the late 1930s.