Cecil Beaton The Art of the Scrapbook (Hardcover)
|Author: Cecil/ Danziger Beaton|
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Born into a family that became wealthy in the timber business, Cecil Beaton was bullied as a child because of his long eyelashes. At Cambridge, he was an aesthete and a rebel, dropping out to work as a photographer and, eventually, move to New York, where he worked for Vogue, eventually becoming the foremost fashion and portrait photographer of his day. Always in love with glamour and high society (he was known as the "dandy photographer"), Beaton was able to diversify: during World War II, he traveled to London and the Middle East, taking photographs of battle scenes and the homefront. Beaton's career was varied. He was a costume and set designer, and won an Oscar for Audrey Hepburn's clothes in the movie of MY FAIR LADY. In addition, he was an accomplished writer who kept a diary through much of his life; the excerpts that have been published make highly intelligent and entertaining reading. Beaton was a homosexual, but he had a famously passionate affair with Greta Garbo that lasted many years.