An exhibition of his work, running until January 19 at Michael Hoppen Gallery, features some rare prints directly from Brandt’s family’s collection. Works are priced from £10,000-35,000.
Following early work in photojournalism, he began to produce more abstract images. In the 1960s, he used a wide-angle lens with a distorted foreground to produce graphic images feature subjects such as nudes on the Sussex and Normandy coast. His style made use of highly textural objects contrasted with the flattened perspective of the images.
“Though I knew most of it well having bought most of Brandt’s key books...I was delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to work within the Brandt archive and curate an exhibition of works that are maybe less well known,” says the gallery’s Michael Hoppen.
“Within this time capsule, we found wonderful early prints and nudes, which highlighted Brandt’s inquisitive mind and his energetic search for a new way of photographing these well-trodden subjects.”
Brandt has had shows at the V&A and MoMA, but Hoppen says that this show gives “experienced collectors an opportunity to view photographs never previously offered for sale and at the same time giving new collectors the opportunity to acquire masterpieces which rarely come on to the market.”