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Photo Noir: The Art of Cornel Lucas - National Theatre

Brigitte Bardot (seated), 1955. © Cornel Lucas Collection.

Exhibition preview

PHOTO Noir: The Art of Cornel Lucas, an exhibition of work by the only stills photographer to be awarded a BAFTA for his service to the British Film Industry, is on show at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton exhibition space from February 17 to March 29, 2014.

Cornel Lucas (1920 – 2012) began his career as a stills and portrait photographer working for British Film Studios during the 1940s and 1950s.

He soon became the UK’s leading movie star photographer, capturing the great and the good of both the UK and US film industries during the golden age of cinema, including Marlene Dietrich, Brigitte Bardot, Diana Dors, Joan Collins and David Niven.

In 1998, Lucas became the first stills photographer to be awarded a BAFTA for his services to the British film industry.

To find out more about Cornel Lucas, visit

Image: Brigitte Bardot (seated), 1955, © Cornel Lucas Collection.

Admission: Free.

Times: Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 11pm; Sunday 12noon to 6pm (on performance days).

Lyttelton Exhibition Area, National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX