Bill Brandt (3 May 1904 – 20 December 1983) was an influential British photographer and photojournalist known for his high-contrast images of British society and his distorted nudes and landscapes.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, son of a British father and German mother, Brandt grew up during World War I. Shortly after the war, he contracted tuberculosis and spent much of his youth in a sanatorium in Davos, Switzerland.
He traveled to Vienna to undertake a course of treatment for TB by psychoanalysis. He was in any case pronounced cured and was taken under the wing of socialite Eugenie Schwarzwald. When Ezra Pound visited the Schwarzwald residence, Brandt made his portrait. In appreciation, Pound allegedly offered Brandt an introduction to Man Ray, in whose Paris studio, Brandt would assist in 1930. Read full wikipedia article.