Travails with my camera

Cornel Lucas at the National Theatre

Just returned from a fantastic exhibition at the National Theatre foyer.  A free exhibition of Cornel Lucas’ favourite pieces.

Not many will have heard of him, but many (most?) will have seen his work.  He had a few photographic jobs during his lifetime:

  1. With the RAF during the war researching innovative techniques to undertake aerial photographs,
  2. As a fashion photographer for the Littlewood’s Mail Order Catalogue, and
  3. As a portrait photographer.

Indeed, he is the only stills photographer to ever be given a BAFTA for services to the UK Film Industry.  His shots are quite well known, even if no-one could say who took them.  I couldn’t choose 2 favourites, so here’s three.  (Look at the shadows on the face creating a 3D effect to see how much effort he’s put into the image).

Joan Collins, 1952 (C) Cornel Lucas

Joan Collins, 1952 (C) Cornel Lucas

David Niven, 1955 (C) Cornel Lucas

David Niven, 1955 (C) Cornel Lucas

Marlene Dietrich, 1948 (C) Cornel Lucas

Marlene Dietrich, 1948 (C) Cornel Lucas

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