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Angus McBean (1904-1990), Photographer

Sitter in 79 portraits
Artist of 265 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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Ax183860

Angus McBean with Mae West model

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1934
NPG Ax183860

Ax183862

Angus McBean and Vivien Leigh

by John Vickers
vintage bromide print, 1938
NPG Ax183862

x39301

Angus McBean as Neptune

by Angus McBean
chlorobromide print, 1939
NPG x39301

Ax183879

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1939
NPG Ax183879

Ax183855

Angus McBean; Diana Churchill

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1940
NPG Ax183855

Ax183859

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, circa 1940
NPG Ax183859

x127125

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1941
NPG x127125

x39302

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print photomontage, 1950
NPG x39302

x39303

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print photomontage, 1951
NPG x39303

x39304

David Ball; Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1952
NPG x39304

x39305

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1953
NPG x39305

x39306

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1954
NPG x39306

x39308

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1955
NPG x39308

x39309

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print photomontage, 1955
NPG x39309

x39318

David Ball; David Ball; Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print photomontage, 1956
NPG x39318

x39310

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1957
NPG x39310

x39311

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1958
NPG x39311

x125282

Angus McBean

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