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Angus McBean was born in South Wales on 8 June 1904, the son of a surveyor for the mining industry. After his fathers death in 1925, the family moved to London where McBean developed an interest in photography. An initial career in mask-making introduced him to Londons theatrical circles, and then to Hugh Cecil, the photographer, who hired him as an assistant. McBean then opened his own studio, and became well-known for his theatre photography. He photographed many of the West Ends leading figures, in particular the actress Vivien Leigh, with whom he enjoyed a long professional relationship. McBean became celebrated for his creative, surreal photographs that often employed multiple negatives and strong, dramatic lighting.

After the Second World War, McBean continued to work as ...

Marlene Dietrich, No Highway in the Sky, Pinewood Studios - Angus McBean

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Marlene Dietrich, No Highway in the Sky, Pinewood Studios, 1951

36.5 x 28.5 cms
(14.34 x 11.20 in)

Price: £1750

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