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Cornel Lucas (1920-2012), Photographer

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 67 portraits
At fifteen he started work in a film-processing laboratory and studied photography at the Regent Street Polytechnic. He worked at the RAF Photographic School at Farnborough during the war, before going to work at Denham Studios in 1945. Lucas was so successful that the Rank Organisation set up a specially equipped studio at Pinewood for him to photograph the major stars they had under contract. During the 1940s and 1950s he took thousands of photographs, creating many iconic images of the leading players of the era. In 1959 he opened his own studio on Flood Street, Chelsea, working in advertising and fashion photography as well as portraiture.

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Stewart Granger (James Lablache Stewart)

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1946
NPG x87111

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Sir Robert Murray Helpmann; Moira Shearer

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1947
NPG x87555

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Jean Simmons

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1948
NPG x127225

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Anouk Aimée

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1949
NPG x127226

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Sir Dirk Bogarde

by Cornel Lucas
glossy bromide print, 1950s
NPG x128645

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Anthony Asquith

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print on card mount, 1950s
NPG x35130

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Anthony Asquith

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1950s
NPG x87107

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Sir John Mills

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x127295

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Joan Collins

by Cornel Lucas
modern C-type colour print from original negative, 1951
NPG x27871

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Jean Simmons

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1951
NPG x23308

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Marlene Dietrich

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1951
NPG x127224

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Diana Dors

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1951
NPG x127228

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Marlene Dietrich

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1951
NPG x127257

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Joan Collins

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1952
NPG x87108

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Sir Donald Alfred Sinden

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1952
NPG x87115

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Sir Dirk Bogarde

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1952
NPG x23301

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Cornel Lucas

by Cornel Lucas
resin print, 1952
NPG x127031

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Joan Collins

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1952
NPG x127232

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Kenneth More

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1952
NPG x127231