I hope this relationship will be as beautiful as Caro deserves and I’m happy to add it to my WTA Players and their Love Partners page.Cornel Lucas was widely regarded as one of the world's pioneers of film portraiture during the 1940s and 1950s, photographing the great and the good from both sides of the pond, in London and on film locations all over the world."But, after that, I could make my subject younger than a plastic surgeon could." It was later suggested that Lucas had done more for the images of many of those he photographed than their on-screen performances.Unbeknown to Lucas, his breakthrough had come in 1948, when, as a relative newcomer in the publicity department at Denham Film Studios in Buckinghamshire, he was assigned to create stills of a leading lady who had just dismissed another photographer for what she considered incompetent lighting technique.With the introduction of digital cameras the demand for Lucas's painstaking photography declined and he decided to give up."They have ruined celebrity prints," he mused, "because photographers take up to 500 pictures at a sitting, but few are any good." Lucas's work has been shown at major exhibitions in London and New York, and examples are held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.Years after the band's demise, Belinda is desperate to have her voice heard again. The legacy of Lash still hangs over her like a gas leak as her demo disk bounces from one record company to the next.
Lucas produced the exceptional images that have, according to the film producer Lord Puttnam, "become the photographic icons by which we come to know and remember the stars." Born in Highbury, north London, in 1920, Henry Cornel Lucas was one of eight children.In the second case study of this excellent four-part series, Belinda Lee Reid tries hard to regain some traction in the pop music business after the short-lived success of all-girl group Lash.They enjoyed hits such as a few years ago but suffered from a chronic image problem.The next day Dietrich arrived, took out her magnifying glass and scoured the proofs, circling with eyeliner pencil the areas she wanted darkened or lightened. He simply replied, "Mr Lucas, it means you're on the road to success." And he was: the result of the session was a seminal five-shot series of photographs which made Lucas the most sought-after portrait-maker of the stars.He became the photographer of choice for the British Film Industry, creating defining portraits of the leading film stars of the era, all captured in his trademark film-noir chic.Cornel's introduction to the film industry came at 15 through his brother, who secured him a job as a trainee at the same film-processing laboratory he worked at.