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Angus McBean

(1904-1990), Photographer

Sitter in 79 portraits
Artist associated with 268 portraits
Began his career in the theatre as mask-maker and scenery designer before turning to full-time theatre photography. McBean is renowned for his theatrical and inventive photography of the 1930s and 1940s. Imitated throughout his career, his influence especially in advertising is still prominent today. In 1935 he opened his own studio; and his prominent style was soon being published in glossy magazines. The Surrealist Exhibition in 1936 was an influence on McBean's theatrical portraits. After the Second World War he opened a larger studio in Covent Garden, and in the 1940s and 1950s was inundated with commissions from theatre companies. In the 1960s McBean photographed the Beatles for their first album.

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Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x39305

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1953
NPG x39305

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x39306

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1954
NPG x39306

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x39308

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1955
NPG x39308

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x39309

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print photomontage, 1955
NPG x39309

David Ball; Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x39318

David Ball; Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print photomontage, 1956
NPG x39318

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x39310

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1957
NPG x39310

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x39311

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1958
NPG x39311

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x125282

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print mounted as a Christmas card, 1959
NPG x125282

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x39317

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print photomontage, 1960
NPG x39317

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x131155

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print mounted as a Christmas card, 1961
NPG x131155

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x39312

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1962
NPG x39312

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x131156

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print mounted as a Christmas card, 1963
NPG x131156

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x131157

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print mounted as a Christmas card, 1964
NPG x131157

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x39315

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1965
NPG x39315

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x125283

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide postcard print, 1965
NPG x125283

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x127126

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1965
NPG x127126

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG x39313

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print photomontage, 1966
NPG x39313

Godfrey Argent; Angus McBean, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165812

Godfrey Argent; Angus McBean

by Godfrey Argent
glossy bromide print, 1970s
NPG x165812

Angus McBean, by Roger Perry - NPG x131679

Angus McBean

by Roger Perry
bromide fibre print, 1970s
NPG x131679

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