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Angus McBean (1904-1990), Photographer

Sitter associated with 80 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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x131158

Angus McBean

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

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Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1984
NPG x194342

x68816

Fashion model; Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print on photographer's mount, 1984
NPG x68816

x126491

Angus McBean

by Michael Birt
bromide print, 2 June 1984
NPG x126491

x47152

Angus McBean

by James Eckersley
bromide print, 1985
NPG x47152

x35365

Angus McBean

by Mike Owen
bromide print, 1986
NPG x35365

x126475

Angus McBean

by Mike Owen
bromide print, 18 November 1986
NPG x126475

x128530

Angus McBean

by Mike Owen
digital C-type colour print, 1987
NPG x128530

x38394

Angus McBean

by Peter Everard Smith
bromide fibre print, 19 May 1987
NPG x38394

x128531

Angus McBean

by Mike Owen
digital C-type colour print, 1988
NPG x128531

x128191

Angus McBean

by Norman McBeath
digital black and white print, 1989
NPG x128191

6962

Angus McBean

by (Leslie) Roy Hobdell
oil on canvasboard, 1951
NPG 6962

P1897

Angus McBean

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 24 June 1982
NPG P1897

P1308

Angus McBean

by Robert Mapplethorpe
vintage bromide print, 1988
NPG P1308

x5603

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
print, 1958
NPG x5603

x127127

Angus McBean

by Jake Wallis
bromide print, 1968
NPG x127127

x127128

Angus McBean

by Jake Wallis
bromide print, 1968
NPG x127128

x127129

Angus McBean

by Jake Wallis
bromide print, 1968
NPG x127129

x1526

Angus McBean

by Ruth Spencer
bromide print on card mount, 1975
NPG x1526

x1527

Angus McBean

by Ruth Spencer
bromide print on card mount, 1975
NPG x1527