Cecil Beaton The Art of the Scrapbook (Hardcover)
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|As one of the 20th century's most important photographers, Cecil Beaton documented lives both famous and quotidian in dozens of scrapbooks now held by Sotheby's London. In the course of his decades-long career as a photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair, as well as a British war correspondent, Beaton helped invent the cult of the celebrity image. In these pages, reproduced here for the first time, you will enter a fabulous and surreal party where Tallulah Bankhead rubs shoulders with a bust of Voltaire and a portrait of Stravinsky, and where Beaton's first trip on the Queen Mary coincides with Queen Elizabeth's coronation.
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.
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