British photographer Cornel Lucas has been at the forefront of portrait photography for over forty years. he began working in a film-processing lab when he was just 15 years old, while studying photography at the Regent Street Polytechnic and would eventually become a portraitist for British film studios. he was so successful in this endeavour, that a specially equipped studio at Pinewood was set up for him to photograph the major stars they had under contract. during the 1940s and 1950s he took thousands of photographs, creating many iconic images of the leading players of the era. in 1959 he opened his own studio on Flood Street, Chelsea, working in advertising and fashion photography as well as portraiture. these are some of my favourites of his photographs.