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Bill Brandt: A Life


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The first full biography - beautifully illustrated - of Britain's greatest photographer.

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Paul Delany was born in South London and his early visual memories are of England in the years when Bill Brandt was working for Picture Post. He has written biographies of D. H. Lawrence in the First World War, and of Rupert Brooke and the 'neo-pagan' circle. In 2003 he retired as Chair of the Department of English at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He lives in Vancouver.


"'Superb...Paul Delany has undertaken a difficult task in writing about such an evasive, recessive personality, who left few letters, told many lies and was fundamentally uncommunicative. But this elegantly composed biography is a fine achievement, candid yet unprurient, which weaves the threads of life and art into a richly textured fabric.' Rupert Christiansen, Literary Review 'An amusing and illuminating picture of how the general public's ideas of what art is and what makes it tick are constructed, and how arbitrary they often are.' Matthew Collings, Guardian 'Excellent.' Andrew Lambirth, Spectator 'A long awaited biography of this important photographer.' Royal Photographic Society Journal 'Paul Delany's meticulous new biography charts Brandt's transformation from blond Aryan youth to Britain's foremost photographer...Delany is scholarly without being dull and the book includes some of Brandt's most impressive photographs.' Wealden Arts Review"

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