Angus McBean (8 June 1904 – 9 June 1990) was a Welsh photographer, set designer and cult figure associated with surrealism.
Two figures have prevented McBean from gaining more fame: Cecil Beaton (thanks to his lavish lifestyle and work for Vogue and the British Royal Family); and David Bailey, who much later (1960s) was close to Cecil Beaton both personally and in terms of style.
McBean did not enjoy this level of fame either in his life or after death, even though he was arguably the better technically and artistically.
Additionally McBean’s focus on the world of theatre (particularly London’s West End) did not give him international recognition.
In 2007, seven original colour transparencies (slides) of his photographs for the Beatles album cover Please Please Me by McBean were accidentally thrown in the bin at the headquarters of EMI.
Marlene Dietrich, “No Highway in the Sky” by Angus Mcbean Pinewood Studios, 1951 via
Audrey Hepburn by Angus Mcbean via
Vivien Leigh as Aurora by Angus McBean, 1938 via
Hermione Baddeley by Angus McBean, 1938 Gelatin via
Marika Rivera by Angus Mcbean via
Dorothy Dickson by Angus Mcbean, 1938 via fotographiaonline.com via
Beatrice Lillie by Angus McBean, 1940s via