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Imperial War Museum London

Exhibition Detail
Theatre of War
Lambeth Road
London SE1 6HZ
United Kingdom

September 6th, 2012 - January 1st, 2013
September 6th, 2012 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
, Cecil BeatonCecil Beaton
© Courtesy of Imperial War Museum London
london bridge, southbank
+44 (0)20 7416 5000
IWM London is closed to visitors until July 2013. Our other branches are open as usual.

Cecil Beaton is one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers and designers of the twentieth century. His glamorous photographs of royalty and celebrities projected him to fame but this major new exhibition reveals the less well-known side of Beaton – his work as an official war photographer.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Information in July 1940, Beaton was the longest serving, most productive high profile photographer to cover the Second World War. In his distinctive style he captured the impact of war on society in Britain as well as societies on the brink of change throughout the Middle East and the Far East.

In later years, Beaton attributed his war photographs as his single most important body of photographic work. Through his photographs, drawings and books as well as his work in theatre and film, this exhibition tells the story of how the war became a personal turning point in Beaton’s career.

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