Marlene Dietrich 1948
© Cornel Lucas

More and more artists are eschewing digital in favour of analog, citing the fact that anyone can get a good result using digital but it takes real talent to get a great result using analog. It makes sense to celebrate ‘real’ photography. Artisan shoe designer Deborah Baker of Fiorentini + Baker is doing just that by hosting a retrospective exhibition of work by legendary British photographer Cornel Lucas at the Fiorentini + Baker store and show room in New York. The extensive show will feature both modern and original vintage prints of some of the world’s most celebrated film stars. This is the very first time the British photographer, who will be celebrating his 92nd birthday as the exhibition opens in September, will have his iconic work displayed in New York.


Brigitte Bardot 1955
© Cornel Lucas

During his seventy-year career Lucas has photographed some of the world’s greatest film stars both at Pinewood Studios in London and on film locations all over the world. Clearly possessing oodles of British pluck, he took it in his stride when his very first sitter was Marlene Dietrich, who gave him clear directions (as you can imagine) and the sitting produced 5 shots. Needless to say, when he showed the results to her the next day, she was very pleased and that was his launch pad to success.


Lauren Bacall 1958
© Cornel Lucas

Described in the Royal Academy Magazine as ‘one of the greatest British portrait photographers of the 20th century’, Lucas has shot Brigitte Bardot, Joan Collins, Katherine Hepburn, Jean Simmons, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven, Lauren Bacall, Federico Fellini, Gregory Peck, Diana Dors, Steven Spielberg and many more celebrated names, all captured in his trademark film-noir chic.

As Deborah Baker puts it, ‘They chronicle an era of style and glamour that I really admire and since seeing his work its originality has really inspired me – we’re very proud to be hosting this exciting exhibition.’

The extensive exhibition will open on 5th September with a private viewing and will run until October 28 at Fiorentini + Baker 54 Mercer Street, Soho, NYC. All of the portraits both vintage and modern prints will be available for sale.


Diana Dors 1954
© Cornel Lucas

The work of Cornel Lucas is in the permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum (London), National Media Museum and London’s Photographers’ Gallery. His work has been exhibited internationally including at the Peter Fetterman Gallery (Los Angeles).

Words by Anna Bang


Brigitte Bardot 1955
© Cornel Lucas

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