Surreal Black And White Photographs Show Everyday Life In 1930s London


Bill Brandt was a British photographer and photojournalist. He was born in Germany and moved to England, where he became known for his images of British society for such magazine as Lilliput and Picture Post. In 1933 Brandt moved to London and began documenting all levels of British society. This kind of documentary was uncommon at that time. Have a look at some of his photographs below.

#1 Lamplighter, Kensington, ca. 1930.

Lamplighter, Kensington, ca. 1930.
Bill Brandt

#2 Misty Evening in Sheffield, 1937.

Misty Evening in Sheffield, 1937.
Bill Brandt

#3 Piccadilly Circus, 1934.

 Piccadilly Circus, 1934.
Bill Brandt

#4 Street scene, 1936.

Street scene, 1936.
Bill Brandt

#5 Sunday Evening, 1936.

 Sunday Evening, 1936.
Bill Brandt

#6 Family Fireside, 1936.

Family Fireside, 1936.
Bill Brandt

#7 Halifax, 1937.

 Halifax, 1937.
Bill Brandt

#8 Parlourmaid and Underparlourmaid Ready to Dinner, London, 1933.

Parlourmaid and Underparlourmaid Ready to Dinner, London, 1933.
Bill Brandt

#9 Children in Sheffield, ca. 1930.

Children in Sheffield, ca. 1930.
Bill Brandt

#10 Early Morning on the River, London Bridge, 1936.

Early Morning on the River, London Bridge, 1936.
Bill Brandt

#11 Eva and Lyena, 1934.

Eva and Lyena, 1934.
Bill Brandt

#12 Early Morning on the Thames, London, 1939.

Early Morning on the Thames, London, 1939.
Bill Brandt

#13 Flower Seller in Hampstead, 1931-1935.

Flower Seller in Hampstead, 1931-1935.
Bill Brandt

#14 An Epsom Bookmaker, Derby Day, 1933.

An Epsom Bookmaker, Derby Day, 1933.
Bill Brandt

#15 Domino Players, North London Pub, 1935.

 Domino Players, North London Pub, 1935.
Bill Brandt

#16 A Lyons Nippy (Miss Hibbott), 1939.

A Lyons Nippy (Miss Hibbott), 1939.
Bill Brandt

#17 Policeman in a Bermondsey Alley, 1938.

 Policeman in a Bermondsey Alley, 1938.
Bill Brandt

#18 A Snicket in Halifax, 1937.

A Snicket in Halifax, 1937.
Bill Brandt

#19 East End girl dancing the Lambeth Walk, 1939.

 East End girl dancing the Lambeth Walk, 1939.
Bill Brandt

#20 Rainswept Roofs, ca. 1930s.

Rainswept Roofs, ca. 1930s.
Bill Brandt

#21 Battersea Bridge, ca. 1930s.

 Battersea Bridge, ca. 1930s.
Bill Brandt

#22 Tic-Tac Men at Ascot Races, 1935.

Tic-Tac Men at Ascot Races, 1935.
Bill Brandt

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

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

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

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

#25 Gold Cup Day at Ascot, 1933.

 Gold Cup Day at Ascot, 1933.
Bill Brandt

#26 Cook and Kitchen Maids Preparing Dinner, ca. 1936.

Cook and Kitchen Maids Preparing Dinner, ca. 1936.
Bill Brandt

#27 Epsom Races, 1933.

Epsom Races, 1933.
Bill Brandt

#28 East Durham, ca. 1937.

East Durham, ca. 1937.
Bill Brandt

#29 Grand Union Canal, Paddington, ca. 1938.

Grand Union Canal, Paddington, ca. 1938.
Bill Brandt

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

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


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I am a Photographer, retoucher, writer and mother of beautiful daughter. I also colorize old photographs to give them new life.

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