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A previously forgotten photographic portrait of Winston Churchill forms part of an exhibit currently being displayed at the Photographer’s Gallery in London. The image was taken in 1932 by the prominent American photographer Edward Steichen (1879-1973) for publication in Vanity Fair. The photograph, however, never appeared in the magazine. Instead it remained unseen for decades until it was recently discovered along with 2,000 other photographs in the archives at the Conde Nast offices in New York. The image and a report on its discovery are available at CNN.

The 1932 image is just one of the hundreds, if not thousands, of photographs that were taken of Churchill. These photographs have filled several pictorial biographies on him as well as the photographs section of this blog. Churchill was constantly filmed and photographed as prime minister during the Second World War. The image below shows him running a gauntlet of photographers at the Quebec Conference in 1944.

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Churchill occasionally quipped about the number of photographs that had been taken of him. At a press conference in Ottawa in December 1941 he answered a barrage of questions all while flashbulbs were bursting as he was constantly photographed by a small army of photographers. Afterwards Churchill joked about the photographers, telling his host and old friend Prime Minister William Mackenzie King, “when I am gone there will be plenty of pictures to have for posterity to know what I looked like.”

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