Apr 8, 2022
Apr 8, 2022

People in Underground, World War II

People in Underground, World War II


Bill Brandt

(British, 1904–1983)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 34.3 x 28.6 cm (13 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.); Mounted: 63.5 x 53.3 cm (25 x 21 in.)

Gift of Carl and Joan Schneider 2021.221


Did you know?

When German aircraft bombed London in World War II, subway stations were used as shelters.


During World War II, the British Ministry of Information commissioned BillBrandt and Henry Moore to depict the stoicism of the British people in the face of German bombings. Both artists chose to represent people sleeping in the Tube stations during the air raids. Brandt’s photographs and Moore’s drawings share an eerie resemblance. Compare the two by looking up Moore’s In the Shelters, 1941 (1972.234).

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