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Cecil Beaton is one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers and designers. His glamorous photographs of royalty and celebrities projected him to fame but his extraordinary work as a wartime photographer is less well-known.
Commissioned by the Ministry of Information in July 1940, Beaton was the longest serving high-profile photographer to cover the Second World War. He travelled throughout Britain, the Middle East, India, China and Burma and captured a world on the brink of lasting change.
In later years, Beaton attributed his war photographs as his single most important body of photographic work. Through his photographs, drawings and books as well as his work in theatre and film, this exhibition tells the story of how the war became a personal turning point in Beaton’s career.
The exhibition runs until 1 January 2013.
Hilary Roberts, Curator of Photographs, and Michael Pritchard, Director-General of The Royal Photographic Society discussed the exhibition live on television today with Alan Titchmarsh (see photo above / courtesy ITV1)
The clip can be seen here (starts at 12m 10s): http://www.itv.com/itvplayer/video/?Filter=324846
More on the exhibition can be found here: http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-london/cecil-beaton-theatre-o...
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