In artistic terms they were at polar opposites of the photographic spectrum.
The wanton destruction and grim resilience of war is not a subject you would associate with high fashion glamor shots of the rich and beautiful.
But when flamboyant photographer Cecil Beaton was enlisted during the Second World War, his striking collection showed the six-year conflict in a new, more graceful, picturesque light.
The photographer, whose most notable subjects included Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, was commissioned for an altogether grittier photographic project that could be used as propaganda
Moving him away from his usual fare of royalty and fashion models, the Ministry of Information asked Beaton to document Britain’s war effort.
The renowned photographer pictured young men and women in a typically glamorous light, in spite of the ravages, destruction and chaos engulfing Britain in 1940.
His eye-catching portfolio stays away from corpses, blood and the…
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