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Auction: Photographs Evening & Day Sales
was auctioned on: 5 October 2016
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Bill Brandt

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000
Price realised:  US$9,375
Lot number 131, Views: 137

An Influential Vision: The Collection of Ruth Ansel Bill Brandt East Sussex Coast 1957 Gelatin silver print, mounted, printed circa 1966. 9 x 7 3/4 in. (22.9 x 19.7 cm)
Provenance Directly from the artist Literature Abrams, Brandt: The Photography of Bill Brandt pl. 254 Aperture, Bill Brandt Behind the Camera, p. 63 Connolly and Haworth-Booth, Bill Brandt Shadow of Light, pl. 139 Jeffrey, Bill Brandt Photographs 1928-1983, p. 175 Photo Poche, Bill Brandt pl. 59 Catalogue Essay Ruth Ansel was first introduced to Bill Brandt’s work through early issues of Harper’s Bazaar, where he regularly contributed stunning, often surreal images. Lots 131-136, including the very rare Self Portrait, circa 1966, were contributed by Brandt, for potential inclusion in his The Enchanted Third Eye feature spread published in November 1966. Images offered in lots 135 and 134 of the renowned artists Jean Dubuffet and Joan Miró in their studios were similarly produced for spotlights on the artists, with only a select few printed in the final magazine stories. Recalls Ansel: “When I first went through the fascinating bound volumes of Harper’s Bazaar from the 30’s and 40’s, I discovered the brilliant photographic work of Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray and Bill Brandt Their inventive work was published side by side with the fashion photographs of Munkácsi, Horst and a young Avedon. It was all part of the visual landscape at Harper’s. This was a tradition started by the great Alexey Brodovitch and taken up by myself, and Bea Feitler “I immediately fell in love with Bill Brandt’s inky black photographs with a depth of field that brought everything into focus from back to front,” Ansel says. “Bill could photograph any subject we assigned him. He always sent back perfect choices, whether it be a Palladian Villa, a nude on the beach or portraits of a writer or artist. His images, once seen, were unforgettable." Read More

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Photographs Evening & Day Sales
Date of the auction: 5 Oct 2016 - 6 Oct 2016
Address: Phillips
New York