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Alfred Eisenstaedt

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1898–1995)

German-born US photographer, who did much to develop the art of photojournalism, especially during his long association with Life magazine.

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Anthony Blunt

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1907–1983)

British art historian who, in 1979, was publicly revealed to have been a Soviet agent.

Born in Bournemouth and educated at Marlborough College, Blunt attended...

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Bill Brandt

Overview page. Subjects: Photography and Photographs — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1904–83)

Anglo-German photographer, born in Hamburg. He worked in Man Ray's studio before moving to London in 1930. He made his name with photographs for the picture magazines...

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Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Art.

(b Constantinople [now Istanbul], 23 Mar. 1869; d Lisbon, 20 July 1955).

Turkish-born oil magnate and collector who became a British citizen in 1902 and adopted Persian nationality...

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Christian Dior

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Industrial and Commercial Art.

(1905–1957)

French couturier whose ‘New Look’ did much to rejuvenate the French fashion industry immediately after World War II. He was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in...

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Coco Chanel

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Industrial and Commercial Art.

1883–1971)

French couturière who originated the slim low-waisted style that dominated women's fashion in the 1920s and who launched the famous range of perfumes that bears her name.

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de HAVILLAND, Geoffrey

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Industrial and Commercial Art.

(1882–1965)

British aircraft designer, the creator of the Moth, Mosquito, and Comet. He was knighted in 1944 and appointed to the OM in 1962.

The son of a clergyman, De...

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

Overview page. Subjects: Photography and Photographs — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1908–2004)

French photographer and film director who was one of the key figures in the development of the photograph as a documentary record.

The son of a wealthy textile...

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Hyderabad

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

Formerly a princely state in India. Following an agreement with Lord Curzon in 1902, the Nizams of Hyderabad became rulers of the largest princely state in British India. During the 1920s...

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Laura Ashley

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Industrial and Commercial Art.

1925–1985)

British textile designer and entrepreneur, whose nostalgic rural ‘look’, based on floral cottons in Victorian and Edwardian styles, captured a worldwide market.

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