Exhibition: Cecil Beaton – Theatre of War

At the Imperial War Museum, London, until 1 January 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.

Book tickets online

Special prices are available for groups of ten or more: Adult £7.20, Concessions £5.40. To book group tickets please call our box office on +44 (0)20 7416 5000.

We are running a series of events linked to the exhibition, including curator talks and an evening panel discussion:

Cecil Beaton: An introduction, 29 September 2012
Staging the Image, 27 October 2012
Preserving the Legacy, 21 November 2012
Vogue and Wartime Fashion, 24 November 2012

Supported by: John Jones

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