Vanity Fair: A Century of iconic portraits

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Anniversary publication
VANITY FAIR PORTRAITS: A Century of Iconic Images
By Graydon Carter and the Editors of Vanity Fair
With an essay by Christopher Hitchens

  • A landmark anniversary publication charting the cultural history of the 20th century through the pages of Vanity Fair.
  • The most comprehensive anthology of photographs from Vanity Fair ever assembled including classic vintage prints from the Condé Nast archive.
  • A photographic history of celebrity portraiture including the works of the great portrait photographers from Edward Steichen to Annie Leibovitz.

From Edward Steichen and Cecil Beaton to Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino, Vanity Fair Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images celebrates 95 years of photographic history, with classic images commissioned and published first in the pages of Vanity Fair. These portraits have become, and continue to convey, the iconic likenesses of the best-known figures from the worlds of art, film, music, sports, business and politics.

Vanity Fair Portraits traces the cultural history of the 20th century and its leading personalities in the pages of a magazine that helped usher in the modern age and which has itself become a benchmark of modern achievement. The book brings together more than 300 photographs from the two incarnations of Vanity Fair and offers an authoritative roster of fame, talent, and glamour. The first era-from 1913 to 1936-is dominated by figures from the Jazz Age and covers subjects drawn from art, dance, music, film, and world affairs, including luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, Amelia Earhart, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. The second era-from the reincarnation of Vanity Fair in 1983 up to the present day-includes Hollywood stars as well as writers, athletes, style icons, and titans of business and politics, with portraits of Robert De Niro, Arthur Miller, Madonna, Margaret Thatcher, and Rupert Murdoch among many others.

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343 x 267mm, 384 pages
Over 300 illustrations
ISBN: 978 1 85514 392 0
Price: £40 (hardback)
Published 15 September 2008

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