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Beaton had taken pictures from the jungles of Burma and the hillside of China Cecil Beatons career as a royal photographer spans almost fifty years from 1930 until 1979 In that period he photographed nearly thirty members of the House of Windsor A severe stroke in 1974 left Beaton paralysed in his right arm but against all odds he taught himself to photograph with his left hand resuming his photographic career three years later Beaton died in 1980 Firstly Beatons experience during the war had contributed to the amazing work that he has processed The Second World War challenged Beaton He had set out deliberately in his early twenties to establish himself as a darling of society and a leading portrait photographer By his mid-thirties he had succeeded However during this time it was one of the most surprising turns of his career Beaton was commissioned to take pictures of the war Many of the images from this war show the resilience of the British coping with the threat and reality of enemy action From this period Beaton took many images some of these images include the faces of pilots and Prime Minister After the British victory in 1942 the Air Ministry sent him to the Near East to photograph the German forces and to record the activities of the armed services there like the fighting the devastation and the personalities Out of the assignment came such famous compositions such as the photographs of burnt-out German tanks and of military commanders The war had given Beaton a new sense of style It had shown him the worse that life can be The war had given me an incentive to step out towards new photographic horizons and to point my camera at more rugged aspects of life p12 Beatons experience with royalty has also contributed to the great work that he was known for Beaton was by
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