Cecil Beaton by Cecil Beaton, Hugo Vickers | WaterstonesIf you are a fan of his, a fan of fashion, or just a photography enthusiast, you have struck gold here. In eight chapters, Mr. Beaton covers half a century via his portraits—all accompanied by his personal commentary from his diaries—and then a more empirical accounting of the same subject assembled by Mr. Beaton has long been famous for his talents as well as his biting wit and here you are afforded the opportunity to read his specific thoughts regarding each person as well as partake in his photographic talents. What becomes blatantly apparent is that Mr. Beaton had unmatched access to almost anyone in the world no matter their social station or occupation. Again, this is a book that proves both enormously entertaining as well as informative.
Cecil Beaton Portraits and Profiles PDF BOOK
Cecil Beaton : Portraits and Profiles
Cecil Beaton was a fashion, portrait and war photographer, a diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer. He is one of the most celebrated portrait photographers of the twentieth century and is renowned for his images of elegance, glamour and style. Portraits by Beaton: Photographs and Diaries combines Beaton's photographic and pen portraits. His images often flattered but his diaries and journals didn't necessarily follow suit; he was described by Jean Cocteau as 'Malice in Wonderland'. Included are Fred Astaire, Mick Jagger, Marlon Brando 'pallid as a mushroom, smooth-skinned and scarred, with curved feminine lips and silky hair, he seems as unhealthy as a lame duck. Yet his ram-like profile has the harsh strength of the gutter' , Maria Callas, Coco Chanel, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn 'she is like a portrait by Modigliani where the various distortions are not only interesting in themselves but make a completely satisfying composite' , Elizabeth Taylor, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe 'she romps, she squeals with delight, she leaps on the sofa.
This beautiful collection of fabulous photographs and incisive pen portraits captures the world of Cecil Beaton, one of the most celebrated portrait photographers of the twentieth century.
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