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The Photographs of Angus McBean: From the Stage to the Surreal [Hardcover]

Frederic Woodbridge Wilson , Richard Traubner
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1 Jun. 2009
My kind of theatre concerns itself with kings and queens, princesses sleeping or otherwise in ivory towers, or in enchanted castles with satins, furs and cloths of goldThere must be huge splashes of colour, wild music, beautiful people, monstrous Calibans; magic, imagination, illusion, fairies, oceans of blood and wine, and always happy endings. So wrote Angus McBean of the theatre for which he was the court photographer for nearly thirty years, the London stage from the 1930s to the 1960s that encompassed legendary productions of Shakespeare, Congreve, Shaw,Wilde and Coward, the operas of Benjamin Britten, and the beginnings of the Royal Ballet and the Royal National Theatre. Blending wit, drama and fantasy with the consummate skill of a master practitioner, McBean was undoubtedly one of the greats of theatrical, creative and commercial photography. The best of his theatrical portraits, in which he immortalized the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Laurence Olivier and Alec Guinness, are superbly reproduced here in this sumptuous volume, which will be snapped up by anyone with an interest in British theatre, photography and surrealism.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (1 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050054350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500543504
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 2.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Portraiture at its best' --Amateur Photography

'Elegant and beautifully presented ... an enthralling reminder of the dramatic power and comic possibilities McBean utilised in his stunning black and white photographs' --3Sixty Magazine

'Lavishly produced ... Author Frederic Woodbridge Wilson has compiled a sumptuous and highly readable book' --Black & White Photography

'Lustrous ... full of wit, fantasy and the biggest stars of 20th-century theatre' --The Independent on Sunday

'Will appeal to anyone with an interest in photography as an art form as well as a means of historical record'
--Scottish Daily Express

--Harper's Bazaar

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5.0 out of 5 stars Photography at the start. 1 July 2009
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This book does show fine examples of photography at the start of the media revolution we take for granted now.
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