National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Street Scene, London Bill Brandt (artist)
British, born Germany, 1904 - 1983
Street Scene, London, 1936
gelatin silver print
overall: 22.8 x 19.5 cm (9 x 7 11/16 in.)
Gift of the Collectors Committee
Not on View
From the Tour: Selected Photographs from the Collection
Object 15 of 15

In the 1930s Bill Brandt published a highly acclaimed book that seemed to present candid documents of the urban nightlife of London. In fact, he often posed family, friends, and servants to achieve his desired results. This photograph, for example, does not depict an encounter between strangers on a dark London street, but instead shows Brand's brother and sister-in-law, and the dramatic lighting comes, most likely, not from the street lamps but from large lights set up by Brandt.

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