Lord Macdonald's Forest, Isle of Skye (1947 (print 1970s))
About this artwork
This is one of eight photographs of Skye that Bill Brandt published in the monthly magazine Lilliput in November 1947. On his occasional visits to Scotland during the 1940s he created some magical photographs of the country, forming a contrast to his early documentary work on the city. This is not a pretty postcard view of the Highlands but a vision of the awesomeness of nature. The printing technique Brandt has used erases the detail of the landscape but increases the contrast between dark and light, and big and small, intensifying the way in which we experience this image.
After early beginnings in Vienna and Paris, Bill Brandt came into his own in Britain during the 1930s when he photographed life in the depressed industrial towns of northern England. During the 1940s he created a series of portraits of famous British and international artists. He collaborated with publications such as Lilliput, Picture Post and Harper's Bazaar. The 1950s saw him preoccupied with landscape photography and the outdoor nudes. His first retrospective was held in New York in 1969, marking the beginning of a period of international recognition for Brandt: numerous exhibitions and awards in Europe and the United States.