Vintage: Everyday Life in London by Bill Brandt (1930s)

Vintage: Everyday Life in London by Bill Brandt (1930s)


Born in Hamburg, Germany, son of a British father and German mother, Bill Brandt grew up during World War I, during which his father, who had lived in Germany since the age of five, was interned for six months by the Germans as a British citizen. Brandt later disowned his German heritage and would claim he was born in South London.

In 1933 Brandt moved to London and began documenting all levels of British society. This kind of documentary was uncommon at that time. Brandt published two books showcasing this work, The English at Home (1936) and A Night in London (1938). He was a regular contributor to magazines such as Lilliput, Picture Post, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Lamplighter, Kensington, ca. 1930.

Lamplighter, Kensington, ca. 1930.

Eva and Lyena, 1934.

Eva and Lyena, 1934.

Early Morning on the Thames, London, 1939.

Early Morning on the Thames, London, 1939.

Flower Seller in Hampstead, 1931-1935.

Flower Seller in Hampstead, 1931-1935.

An Epsom Bookmaker, Derby Day, 1933.

An Epsom Bookmaker, Derby Day, 1933.

Domino Players, North London Pub, 1935.

Domino Players, North London Pub, 1935.

A Lyons Nippy (Miss Hibbott), 1939.

A Lyons Nippy (Miss Hibbott), 1939.

Policeman in a Bermondsey Alley, 1938.

Policeman in a Bermondsey Alley, 1938.

A Snicket in Halifax, 1937.

A Snicket in Halifax, 1937.

East End girl dancing the Lambeth Walk, 1939.

East End girl dancing the Lambeth Walk, 1939.

Misty Evening in Sheffield, 1937.

Misty Evening in Sheffield, 1937.

Rainswept Roofs, ca. 1930s.

Rainswept Roofs, ca. 1930s.

Battersea Bridge, ca. 1930s.

Battersea Bridge, ca. 1930s.

Tic-Tac Men at Ascot Races, 1935.

Tic-Tac Men at Ascot Races, 1935.

Girls looking out of a window, ca. 1930s.

Girls looking out of a window, ca. 1930s.

Hatter’s Window, Bond Street, ca. 1931-35.

Hatter’s Window, Bond Street, ca. 1931-35.

Gold Cup Day at Ascot, 1933.

Gold Cup Day at Ascot, 1933.

Cook and Kitchen Maids Preparing Dinner, ca. 1936.

Cook and Kitchen Maids Preparing Dinner, ca. 1936.

Epsom Races, 1933.

Epsom Races, 1933.

East Durham, ca. 1937.

East Durham, ca. 1937.

Grand Union Canal, Paddington, ca. 1938.

Grand Union Canal, Paddington, ca. 1938.

Piccadilly Circus, 1934.

Piccadilly Circus, 1934.

Evening in Kew Gardens, London, ca. 1932-1935.

Evening in Kew Gardens, London, ca. 1932-1935.

Street scene, 1936.

Street scene, 1936.

Sunday Evening, 1936.

Sunday Evening, 1936.

Family Fireside, 1936.

Family Fireside, 1936.

Halifax, 1937.

Halifax, 1937.

Parlourmaid and Underparlourmaid Ready to Dinner, London, 1933.

Parlourmaid and Underparlourmaid Ready to Dinner, London, 1933.

Children in Sheffield, ca. 1930.

Children in Sheffield, ca. 1930.


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