The definitive book on the legendary photographer's life in New
York City, with many never-before-seen images and reminiscences by
his closest friends and confidants. From the 1930s, when he helped
revolutionize fashion journalism, through the 1960s, when he
launched headlong into the Pop art era, London-based photographer
Cecil Beaton brought to New York City his own
perspective--aristocratic, sexually ambiguous, and theatrical. At
the same time, New York offered Beaton innumerable opportunities to
reinvent himself and his career.
"Cecil Beaton: The New York Years" features sketches, costumes, set
designs, previously unpublished letters, and over 220 photographs
and drawings, many in color and never seen before. This volume
documents Beaton's most influential relationships with
quintessential figures of the New York art scene, including Greta
Garbo, his female confidant and muse, and Andy Warhol. Richly
illustrated, Cecil Beaton is the definitive portfolio chronicling
Beaton's stunning career in fashion, portraiture, and the
performing arts. The book will be divided into five parts:
Beaton in Vogue: Beaton's photography for Conde Nast's Vogue in the
1930s hastened the decline of fashion illustration in favor of
today's emphasis on photography. Beaton himself became a celebrity
photographer, as famous as his subjects, in the later mold of
Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz.
Beaton and the Stage: After World War II, Beaton appeared on the
New York stage as an actor, and he also designed sets and costumes
for such musicals as My Fair Lady and Coco and operas Vanessa and
La Traviata, both at the Metropolitan Opera.
Beaton on New York: Beaton produced many illustrated books on New
York City and his tell-all diaries detailed his life among the
city's best-known figures. Beaton was also commissioned to produce
innumerable photographs of New Yorkers, from Truman Capote to Tom
Beaton on Garbo: Greta Garbo was Beaton's closest female friend She
was also his muse, and his photographs captured her in many
different scenarios and moods from the mid-1940s, when she ended
her Hollywood career and permanently moved to New York.
Beaton on Warhol: In 1968, Beaton was advised to photograph a group
of young New Yorkers, the most famous of which was Andy Warhol and
his Factory. In effect, this photo shoot charted the passing of the
torch from Beaton to Warhol, two figures who defined their era's
concepts of popular culture, celebrity, and sexual mores.
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