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Richard Lester

(1932-), Film director

Sitter in 10 portraits
Lester entered the early American television industry in 1950 and his career progressed quickly in what was still a young industry there. He moved to London in 1953, and worked with Peter Sellers on a television version of The Goon Show called The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d (1956). Lester became one of the most influential directors of the 1960s, notable for his films with The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965). The frenetic cutting style in these films influenced many later music videos. During the 1980s, he directed films in the Superman series.

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Richard Lester, by J.S. Lewinski - NPG P1051

Richard Lester

by J.S. Lewinski
bromide print, July 1966
NPG P1051

The Beatles with Richard Lester, by Michael Peto - NPG x137678

The Beatles with Richard Lester

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, 12 April 1965
NPG x137678

Richard Lester, by Francis Goodman - NPG x131056

Richard Lester

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 23 January 1966
NPG x131056

Richard Lester, by Brett Hambling - NPG x26021

Richard Lester

by Brett Hambling
bromide fibre print, August 1985
NPG x26021

Stars of the British Screen, by Norman Parkinson - NPG x126889

Stars of the British Screen

by Norman Parkinson
cibachrome print, 11 December 1985
NPG x126889

Stars of the British Screen, by Norman Parkinson - NPG x126895

Stars of the British Screen

by Norman Parkinson
bromide fibre print, 11 December 1985
NPG x126895

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Richard Lester and four unknown men

by Sir Harry Donald Secombe
bromide fibre print, 1968
NPG x125345

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Richard Lester

by Alastair Thain
bromide print, 1985
NPG x25149


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