Photo Noir

We were very lucky to be invited to the opening of the Cornel Lucas photography exhibition ‘Photo Noir’ at the National Theatre on Wednesday Night.


Cornel Lucas photo exhibition

Jamie worked with Susan, the late Cornel’s wife, in the play Daisy Pulls It Off last year, and it was Susan’s image that was featured on the huge banner as we walked in.  She told us that this image was taken the very first time they had met during a shoot at Pinewood Studios.

Cornel Lucas exhibition

Virginia McKenna opened the exhibition. Star of Born Free and Anna in the King and I opposite Yul Brynner at the London Palladium.

Virginia McKenna

Cornel Lucas

Cornel is the only photographer to have received a BAFTA for his work.


He photographed anyone who was anyone and the shots are simply exquisite.  Brigitte Bardot, Marlene Dietrich, Bob Hope, Jean Simmons, Steven Spielberg to name just a few.  Have a gander at his website to see more examples of his work.


Jamie and his friend Rob with Susan. They are in front of Cornel’s photograph of Susan and her mother.


It really struck me seeing that someone as beautiful as Brigitte Bardot was self-conscious…

Brigitte Bardot

There was something rather ironic about everyone snapping away on iPhones when Cornel apparently hated using digital, much preferring the quality of traditional methods and the transformation of developing.


The exhibition is on at the National Theatre in the Lyttleton Exhibition Space until the end of March and we cannot recommend it enough…we’re insisting our parents come up to see it and we’ll definitely go again.  And to top it off, entry is free!

A lovely walk back home along the Southbank…London really is beautiful at night


J & A x



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