From the Se­ries: Pho­to­g­ra­phers, Friend­ships, and the Unique Gru­ber Col­lec­tion

Re­nate Gru­ber re­mem­bers:
#04 Bill Brandt

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.