Above: A welder works on the deck of a new ship, Tyneside, 1943
A new exhibition opens at the Imperial War Museum London on 6th September of Cecil Beaton’s war time photography. I have a couple of tickets to give away, just comment below and let me know if you would like them. Which is your favourite photo? I think I like the photo of the airman below, but they’re all compelling in their own way…
Cecil Beaton is widely remembered as the leading British portrait and fashion photographer of his day, the fact that Beaton was one of Britain’s hardest working war photographers during the Second World War is less well known.
He travelled extensively throughout Britain, the Middle East, India, Burma and China, photographing leaders and ordinary people, military and civilian life, industry and agriculture, artists and architecture.
His photographs from the Far East, depicting deeply traditional communities on the brink of lasting change, are ranked among the best of his career.
Beaton’s photography had enormous impact in wartime, attracting worldwide attention Throughout the Second World War, Beaton was the only photographer to be credited wherever and whenever his work was published.
This new exhibition demonstrates the truly remarkable range and quality of Cecil Beaton’s wartime photography and offers a new insight into the man who emerged from the war with a new found maturity and confidence which informed his postwar career. [5 photos]
Admission: Adults £8, Concessions £6, Children (aged 15 and under) Free. Box office 020 7416 5000, tickets are also available online, please visit: www.iwm.org.uk
Above: Royal navy: portrait of a maintenance wrens wearing overalls with glass