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Hollywood Highlights: The work of Cornel Lucas

After studying photography at the Polytechnic Art School, Lucas worked in England and New York. His work in the late 1940s impressed J. Arthur Rank who offered him a job at Pinewood Studios where he worked on portraits and film stills. He later worked as a freelance photographer. His work has appeared on over 3,000 magazine covers and in 1998 he became the only film stills photographer to win a BAFTA. This slideshow presents highlights from the Gallery’s collection.

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