Hollywood Portraits by Cornel Lucas on Chris Beetles Exhibit in London

Classic portraits of Hollywood stars taken by London photographer Cornel Lucas in the 1940s and 1950s are being showcased in a central London exhibit until late August.

In the earlier days of Hollywood, glamour portraits were something major—a “make or break” thing both for upcoming starlets and veteran stars alike. It was one of the lessons London photographer Cornel Lucas learned in his early days as an in-house photographer of Hollywood stars for Denham Film Studios.

His first sitter was one of the brightest stars of his day, the singer and actress Marlene Dietrich, who already knew how she wanted to appear in her photographs. “Mr Lucas, I’m telling you now that a photograph to me is more important than film,” the star tells her young photographer before the shoot.

Marlene Dietrich, 1948. Photo by Cornel Lucas via Chris Beetles Fine Photographs

When Lucas handed over the photographs the next morning, the singer-actress looked at him closely, smiled, and said, “Join the club, Mr. Lucas.” And the rest, as they say, is history.

Fast-forward to the recent times, some of the finest Hollywood glamour shots taken by the film portraiture pioneer are showcased in a central London exhibit. From July 20th to August 27, 2011, Chris Beetles puts the spotlight on Lucas’s striking portraits of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood stars, in color and black and white.

Here are the exhibit details:

When: July 20th – August 27, 2011
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street London W1B 4DE

Website: www.chrisbeetlesfinephotographs.com

Sources and additional readings

Cornel Lucas on Chris Beetles
Cornel Lucas photos of Hollywood stars shown in London on BBC

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