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Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War - Imperial War Museum

Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War will be on display at the Imperial War Museum from September 6, 2012 to January 1, 2013.

Cecil Beaton is one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers and designers. His glamorous photographs of royalty and celebrities projected him to fame but his extraordinary work as a wartime photographer is less well-known.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Information in July 1940, Beaton was the longest serving high-profile photographer to cover the Second World War. He travelled throughout Britain, the Middle East, India, China and Burma and captured a world on the brink of lasting change.

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.

A series of events, including curator talks and an evening panel discussion, will take place during the exhibition.

Admission: Adult £8, Concessions (student, senior) £6, Children (aged 15 and under) Free.

Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ