A New Book Juxtaposes Cecil Beaton’s Portraits With His Observations About His Subjects
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. Cecil Beaton: Portraits and Profiles combines Beaton' s photographic and pen portraits. Beaton' s portraits offer insight, beauty, witty observations and a fascinating glimpse into his world. His images often flattered but his diaries and journals didn' t necessarily follow suit and he was described by Jean Cocteau as ' Malice in Wonderland'. Included are stars of music, fashion, society, stage and screen. Of Audrey Hepburn , Beaton said ' she is like a portrait by Modigliani where the various distortions are not only interesting in themselves but make a completely satisfying composite'. Marilyn Monroe ' romps, she squeals with delight, she leaps on the sofa.
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.
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If 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.