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Terence Pepper, Roy Strong (Contributions by), Peter Conrad (Contributions by)


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An exquisite book that celebrates the masterful and evocative portraits created by one of the world’s most famous twentieth-century photographers

Sir Cecil Beaton (1904–1980) was one of the most renowned photographers of his generation. A major contributor to Vogue and Vanity Fair inBritain, France, and America, Beaton captured for posterity such admired subjects as artists Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, and Richard Avedon; actresses Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Greta Garbo; statesmen and politicians Winston Churchill and Robert Kennedy; and, of course, Britain’s Royal Family. This sumptuously illustrated book—published on the centenary of Beaton’s birth—brings together many of his evocative portraits in celebration of his remarkable life and work.

Gifted in an extraordinary range of fields, Beaton was noted for his flamboyant sense of style. His portraits, fashion photographs, book jacket designs, war reportage, designs for theater and film, and diaries mark him as one of the first international multi-media artists. This book features an illustrated essay discussing the wide range of the photographer’s career as well as a portfolio of 160 beautiful reproductions of his most famous portraits and an extended illustrated chronology.

Beaton: Portraits isan exciting and comprehensive look at a tour-de-force photographer and is an essential book for anyone interested in photography, fashion, or twentieth-century style and design.

Yale University Press, 9780300102895, 240pp.

Publication Date: February 9, 2004

About the Author

Terence Pepper is Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London; Peter Conrad is Tutor of English at Christ Church, Oxford; Sir Roy Strong, former director of the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum, is also the author of The Artist and the Garden, published by Yale University Press.