Beaton occupies an honored position as one of the foremost photographers of the 20th century. Before his death in 1980, he appointed Vickers as his official biographer. The result is this painstakingly researched volume, profusely illustrated with Beaton's own photographs. Beaton also achieved fame as an Oscar-winning costume and set designer, illustrator, portraitist, writer, and court photographer. Vickers looks closely at Beaton's several great loves, including his years with Greta Garbo, as well as his failure to become a playwright, his greatest dream. Perhaps the most telling aspect of this handsome and talented man is his fascination/obsession with the rich and famous and his abiding snobbism. For libraries where interest in Beaton or photography exists, this will be a substantial addition.Terrill Brooks, Baker Coll. Lib., Flint, Mich.
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A biography of one of the most stylish photographers in history. An instant #1 bestseller, this book is indispensable to anyone interested in the artistic world of the 20th century. B&W photos. "Most remarkable...a great achievement."-- Time. B&W photos.