Continuing our look at a few of our most anticipated photo shows in the coming year, we turn to an upcoming Bill Brandt retrospective at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. Brandt’s work is among the most celebrated by any British photographer in the 20th century. If you’re like me, you know Brandt primarily from his black and white nudes, famous for their just-off-kilter perspective and an at times surreal incorporation of landscapes. That work will be well-represented at MoMA, but alongside it will be a deeper look into his World War II photographs in London during the Blitz, much of it shot for pictorial magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Lilliput. His pre-war work documenting British society in the late 1930s will also be featured, representing the full arc of Brandt’s pre- and post-war photography.
Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light opens at MoMA on March 6, and runs through August 13.