From the Series: Photographers, Friendships, and the Unique Gruber Collection
In 1977 the L. Fritz and Renate Gruber Collection laid the foundation for the photography collection at the Museum Ludwig. Icons of photographic history from Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, or August Sander offer a panorama of twentieth-century photography. Yet the Gruber Collection is not only unique due to the photographs themselves, but also in light of its genesis. The collection took shape as a result of the collectors’ longtime friendships with the photographers. On the occasion of her eightieth birthday in July 2016, Renate Gruber shares her very personal memories of twenty photographers who are now among the most famous of the twentieth century in our series "Photographers, Friendships, and the Unique Gruber Collection."
Bill Brandt (b. May 3, 1904 in Hamburg as Hermann Wilhelm Brandt; † December 20, 1983 in London) was a British photographer of German offspring. In the 1930s he moved to London, where he worked as a photographer and photo journalist. His focus was the daily life in Britain during the Economic Crisis. After WWII he turned to a rather artistic approach picturing landscape, portrait and nude photography.