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Alma Books Ltd
The Daily Mail, July 28, 2006
Adrian Woodhouse has written a lively, affectionate and well-researched book, much of it drawn from the photographer’s unpublished autobiography
This work is published to coincide with the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of Angus McBean's photography in July (duration in London: four months; three years around the world) and Angus McBean exhibition at the Theatre Museum in Coven Garden. "Facemaker" is the first full-length biography of Angus McBean, one of the most influential photographers of the Twentieth Century, whose "surreal" and romantic portraiture of iconic film stars and musicians is still imitated throughout the world in fashion images and pop videos. Drawing from a multitude of direct sources and recorded interviews, Adrian Woodhouse tells the authoritative, unexpurgated story of McBean's dramatic life, from his humble origins in South Wales to his arrest, trial and imprisonment during the Second World War for homosexuality; from his rise, fall and resurgence in the world of photography to his final years in Suffolk. Full of scandal and controversy, rich with previously untold anecdotes and revelations about his famous subjects - who included Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Maria Callas and the Beatles - "Facemaker" provides the private and the official portrait of a man who helped define the look of an age.