Perspective of NudesBRANDT, Bill
New York: Amphoto. 1961.
First edition. 4to (273x240mm). pp. 14; 90 black and white plates, unpaginated. Preface by Lawrence Durrell, introduction by Chapman Mortimer. Original decorated paper-covered boards, spine and upper cover lettered in red. Original black and white photo-illustrated dust jacket, text printed in red and black. Some wear to bottom edge of the dust jacket and a chip to the top of its spine. Dust jacket is protected by a plastic wrapper. The contents are in excellent condition, clean and fresh. Overall this is a fine copy in a very good dust jacket. The title page and the rear pastedown have the bookseller's label pasted in.
Brandt found his first attempts at photographing the nude frustrating. Seeking something that would give him “an altered perspective and a less conventional image”, he purchased a nineteenth century view camera with wide-angle lens and found his new camera “created a great illusion and space, an unrealistically steep perspective, and it distorted. When I began to photograph nudes, I let myself by guided by this camera, and instead of photographing what I saw, I photographed what the camera was seeing. I interfered very little, and the lens produced anatomical images and shapes which my eyes had never observed. I felt that I understood what Orson Welles meant when he said ‘the camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world’”.