Cornel Lucas

Cornel Lucas (12 September 1920 – 8 November 2012) was a British photographer,[1] who as a film still photographer was a pioneer of film portraiture in the 1940s and 1950s.[2][3][4]

He was the first photographer to win a BAFTA in 1998 for Services to British Film Industry.[5]

Cornel Lucas published two books of his work, "Heads and Tales" and "Shooting Stars".

Exhibited internationally. Permanent collection at National Portrait Gallery (London), National Media Museum and London's Photographers' Gallery

Cornel Lucas photographed many movies stars in the late forties and fifties including Marlene Dietrich, David Niven, Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Yvonne de Carlo, Diana Dors (in a gondola in Venice).[3] He was in charge of the photographic studios set up by The Rank Organisation.

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Belinda Lee in 1954, but divorced in 1959, when he married the actress Susan Travers. They had four children together, including actress Charlotte Lucas.


  1. ^ "Cornel Lucas". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-11-14.
  2. ^ Martin Childs (11 December 2012). "Cornel Lucas: Photographer who made his name as a pioneer of film portraiture - Obituaries". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  3. ^ a b "Cornel Lucas' Celebrity Portraits: Studio Stars of the Silver Screen". TIME, LightBox. September 11, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  4. ^ Paul Vitello (November 18, 2012). "Cornel Lucas, Photographer Whose Portraits Defined Film Stars, Dies at 92". New York Times. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  5. ^ Andrew Dawson; Sean Holmes (2 August 2012). Working in the Global Film and Television Industries: Creativity, Systems, Space, Patronage. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 136–. ISBN 978-1-78093-021-3.

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