• Humphrey Spender

    Yale Center for British Art

    Humphrey Spender, born in 1910, emerged in the ’30s as an unpretentious scrutinizer of great intellect and humor, equipped with an alert eye and a profound understanding of his medium, photography, and of the genre of photojournalism. Like many artists and writers of his generation and elevated social class, Spender underwent a kind of intellectual confrontation with the rest of the world, a sudden and dramatic recognition of the narrowness of his own milieu. (Christopher Isherwood’s own such confrontation resulted in his 1939 novel Goodbye to Berlin, the first edition of which reproduced a

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