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Vanity Fair: The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images (edition 2008)

by Graydon Carter

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Vanity Fair: The Portraits brings together 300 iconic portraits from Vanity Fair’s 95-year history in a remarkable book that captures the image of modern fame--the magical thing that happens when individual talent and beauty (and sometimes genius) is caught in the spotlight of popular curiosity and passion. The photographers--from Edward Steichen and Cecil Beaton to Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino--are a glittering and celebrated group themselves. Their portraits have become the iconic likenesses of the best-known figures from the worlds of art, film, music, sports, business, and politics.   From legends such as Pablo Picasso, Amelia Earhart, Cary Grant, and Katharine Hepburn to the stars, writers, athletes, style icons, and titans of business and politics of today, Vanity Fair: The Portraits offers an authoritative roster of talent and glamour in the 20th century.… (more)
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Title:Vanity Fair: The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images
Authors:Graydon Carter
Info:Abrams (2008), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 384 pages
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This book contains some great photographs (only some of which are singular portraits), but overall I found it a touch arbitrary. Considering the world reknown for Vanity Fair's editorial work, I expected a carefully curated collection of images that would trace the history of photography in the magazine from its inception to the current day. Unfortunately, while each of the images undoubtedly stands up in their own regard, it was the editorial flair that fell flat. Some images from different time periods were obviously juxtaposed for the sake of tension (occasionally well done), but many just seems to be thrown together with little regard for subject or theme. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
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Vanity Fair: The Portraits brings together 300 iconic portraits from Vanity Fair’s 95-year history in a remarkable book that captures the image of modern fame--the magical thing that happens when individual talent and beauty (and sometimes genius) is caught in the spotlight of popular curiosity and passion. The photographers--from Edward Steichen and Cecil Beaton to Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino--are a glittering and celebrated group themselves. Their portraits have become the iconic likenesses of the best-known figures from the worlds of art, film, music, sports, business, and politics.   From legends such as Pablo Picasso, Amelia Earhart, Cary Grant, and Katharine Hepburn to the stars, writers, athletes, style icons, and titans of business and politics of today, Vanity Fair: The Portraits offers an authoritative roster of talent and glamour in the 20th century.

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