Bill Brandt (1904-1983) is widely regarded as one of the masters of 20th Century photography. His early work ranges from direct photojournalism and moody atmospheric landscapes, to stark portraits and high contrast nudes.

'I think I gradually lost my enthusiasm for reportage,' Brandt says in a rare essay on his practices and influences. 'Besides, my main theme of the past few years had disappeared; England was no longer a country of marked social contrast. . . . It seemed to me that there were wide fields still unexplored. I began to photograph nudes, portraits, and landscapes.'