A life­time of fa­mous faces from Cam­era Press

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When it comes to the his­tory of mod­ern photography, 1947 was cer­tainly a vin­tage year. Not only did it pro­duce the nowl­e­gendary pho­to­graphic co­op­er­a­tive Mag­num Pho­tos, but it was also the mo­ment when a Lon­don-based Hun­gar­ian emi­gré, Tom Blau, de­cided to found the Cam­era Press. Blau may not reg­is­ter in the same way as Capa or Cartier-Bres­son, but the por­traits taken by mem­bers of Cam­era Press cer­tainly did. This 70th an­niver­sary show in­cludes mem­o­rable images of Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and Henry Kissinger, Queen El­iz­a­beth II and Sid Vi­cious from the likes of Baron and Snow­don, Ce­cil Beaton and Karsh, whose por­trait of Win­ston Churchill now adorns the UK’s £5 note. Cam­era Press at 70: A Life­time in Pic­tures is on show at Art Ber­mond­sey Project Space in Lon­don from 17 May to 10 June (www.project-space.lon­don).

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