There are still a few days left to see the exhibition of Cecil Beaton’s photography at the Imperial War Museum in London. It lasts until 1 January.
The evocative wartime photographs are, as you would expect, centre stage in the exhibition. But what really caught my interest was his personal story of disgrace and recovery: sacked and pilloried in the late 1930s for adding anti-Semitic phrases to a cartoon, his rehabilitation started with a commission from the Royal Family and he then went on to take some of the most famous and iconic photographs of Britain’s role in the Second World War.
A selection of Beaton’s photographs are available to view online on the Imperial War Museum’s website, though this is really no substitute for seeing what is a very well designed exhibition, making good use of space, light and scale to maximise the impact of the photos. The positioning of one print, lining up the prow of a ship with an angle in the wall, is particularly effective.
A very enjoyable and educational hour or two can be spent going round this exhibition.