Cecil Beaton: The Art of the Scrapbook
Artist(s): Cecil Beaton
Author(s): James Danziger
Year published: 2010
Publisher Location: Paris
Total Pages: 400
Illustrations: Includes over 2000 Colour & Black and White Images
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As one of the 20th century’s most important photographers, Cecil Beaton documented lives both famous and quotidian in dozens of scrapbooks now held by Sotheby’s London. In the course of his decades-long career as a photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair, as well as a British war correspondent, Beaton helped invent the cult of the celebrity image. In these pages, reproduced here for the first time, you will enter a fabulous and surreal party where Tallulah Bankhead rubs shoulders with a bust of Voltaire and a portrait of Stravinsky, and where Beaton’s first trip on the Queen Mary coincides with Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.