From the Se­ries: Pho­to­g­ra­phers, Friend­ships, and the Unique Gru­ber Col­lec­tion

Re­nate Gru­ber re­mem­bers:
#02 Ce­cil Bea­t­on

In 1977 the L. Fritz and Re­­nate Gru­ber Col­lec­­tion laid the foun­­da­­tion for the pho­­tog­ra­­phy col­lec­­tion at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. Icons of pho­­to­­graph­ic his­­to­ry from Man Ray, Ce­­cil Bea­t­on, or Au­­gust San­der of­fer a pano­ra­­ma of twen­ti­eth-cen­­tu­ry pho­­tog­ra­­phy. Yet the Gru­ber Col­lec­­tion is not on­­ly unique due to the pho­­to­­graphs them­­selves, but al­­so in light of its ge­n­e­­sis. The col­lec­­tion took shape as a re­­sult of the col­lec­­tors’ long­­time friend­­ships with the pho­­to­g­ra­phers. On the oc­­ca­­sion of her eight­i­eth birth­­day in Ju­­ly 2016, Re­­nate Gru­ber shares her very per­­so­n­al me­m­ories of twen­­ty pho­­to­g­ra­phers who are now among the most fa­­mous of the twen­ti­eth cen­­tu­ry in our se­ries "Pho­­to­g­ra­phers, Friend­­ships, and the Unique Gru­ber Col­lec­­tion."

Sir Ce­cil Wal­ter Hardy Bea­t­on CBE (b. 14 Jan­uary 1904 in Lon­don; † 18 Jan­uary 1980 in Broadchalke, Eng­land) was a Bri­tish pho­to­g­ra­pher, set de­c­o­ra­tor and graph­ic de­sign­er. EHe is one of the most renown pho­to­g­ra­phers of the 20th cen­tu­ry and be­came fa­mous for his gla­m­orous por­traits of pop­u­lar faces from film, lit­er­a­ture and fashion. Dur­ing WW II he al­so worked as a war pho­to­g­ra­pher. His pho­to­graphs of the de­stroyed Lon­don have shaped the im­age of the "Lon­don Blitz" in the US.