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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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x39317

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print photomontage, 1960
NPG x39317

x131155

Angus McBean

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

x39312

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1962
NPG x39312

x131156

Angus McBean

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

x131157

Angus McBean

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

x39315

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1965
NPG x39315

x125283

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide postcard print, 1965
NPG x125283

x127126

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1965
NPG x127126

x39313

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print photomontage, 1966
NPG x39313

x165812

Godfrey Argent; Angus McBean

by Godfrey Argent
glossy bromide print, 1970s
NPG x165812

x131679

Angus McBean

by Roger Perry
bromide fibre print, 1970s
NPG x131679

x133011

Angus McBean

by Angela Gorgas
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1977
NPG x133011

x133045

Angus McBean

by Angela Gorgas
bromide print, 1977
NPG x133045

x15108

Angus McBean

by Roger George Clark
bromide print, 16 May 1979
NPG x15108

x15109

Angus McBean

by Roger George Clark
bromide print, 16 May 1979
NPG x15109

x126034

Angus McBean

by Johnnie Shand Kydd
colour print, 1980
NPG x126034

x88905

Angus McBean

by Stephen Hyde
bromide print, January 1983
NPG x88905

x126078

Angus McBean

by Tim Mercer
R-type colour print from original transparency, published February 1983
NPG x126078

x126079

Angus McBean

by Tim Mercer
R-type colour print from original transparency, 1983
NPG x126079

x131158

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print mounted as a Christmas card, 1984
NPG x131158