An exhibition of portraits that chart the last seven decades of celebrity photography will mark the 70th birthday of British photo agency Camera Press. Emma Blau, granddaughter of founder Tom Blau, has searched the 12 million images of the agency’s archive to find the photographs that demonstrate how portrait photography has changed since the agency started in 1947. The first photographer to join the business was Yousuf Karsh and the first event covered was the wedding of the Queen of England by society photographer Baron.

The exhibition ‘Camera Press at 70 – a lifetime in pictures’ will feature archival work by Karsh, Cecil Beaton, Baron and Jane Bowen, as well as by more recent photographers such as John Swannell, Clive Arrowsmith, Jason Bell and Chris Floyd.

Celebrities caught by the lenses of the exhibited photographers will include Kate Bush, The Queen, the Gallagher brothers from Oasis, Amy Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill and JFK.

The free exhibition will be held the Olympus-sponsored Art Bermondsey Project Space in London from 17th May to 10th June 2017. For more information see the Camera Press website, and for more of the images see the Daily Mail website

Information from Camera Press

Founded in 1947, Camera Press celebrates its Platinum anniversary this year with Camera Press at 70 - a lifetime in pictures. Drawing on an unparalleled collection of images, and featuring work by some of the most iconic names in the industry this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into photography from the 1940s to the present day.

On display will be the work of photographic legends such as Yousuf Karsh, Cecil Beaton and Jane Bown through to contemporary names that include Andy Gotts, John Swannell, Jason Bell, Jillian Edelstein, Chris Floyd and Laura Pannack.

The exhibition will feature two further 70th anniversaries: 1947 was the year the young Princess Elizabeth wed Prince Philip and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) was founded. The first photographs distributed by Camera Press were of the wedding of the future Queen, and this famous image by Baron will sit alongside more recent unique portraits of Princess Diana, The Queen’s Jubilee and the christening of Prince George. The exclusive BAFTA portrait collection will shine a light on many of our best loved actors from the worlds of TV and film.

Also included in the show are photographs by three generations of the Blau family: founder Tom Blau, his son Jon and granddaughter Emma.