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A unique archive of photographs of Hollywood stars from the 1940s to the 1960s will go on show in Brighton in May as part of the Artist Open Houses festival.
The exhibition includes images of Audrey Hepburn, Angela Lansbury, Dirk Bogarde, Peter Sellers and American President Harry Truman, as well images of historical social record showing subjects such as Queen’s rat-catcher and Britain’s first female chimney sweep.
The archive belongs to Brighton-based photographer George Douglas, who was born in Rottingdean and worked for Picture Post and Life magazine.
George died in 2010, leaving his house at 14 Silwood Road to friend and fellow Brighton-based photographer Roger Bamber, who discovered thousands of negatives in a dilapidated filing cabinet.
Now a third Brighton photographer, Nigel Swallow, is setting up studio in the house and will be exploring the archive, reprinting many of its images and exhibiting them to the public for the first time as part of the Brighton Artist Open House festival.
Having started his career in America in the 1940s, George Douglas moved back to England in 1950 to work for the Picture Post, which specialised in 35mm photography and a documentary style.