Vanity Fair: The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images

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Vanity Fair: The Portraits brings together 300 iconic portraits from Vanity Fair’s 95-year history in a remarkable book that captures the image of modern fame—the magical thing that happens when individual talent and beauty (and sometimes genius) is caught in the spotlight of popular curiosity and passion. The photographers—from Edward Steichen and Cecil Beaton to Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino—are a glittering and celebrated group themselves. Their portraits have become the iconic likenesses of the best-known...

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Overview

Vanity Fair: The Portraits brings together 300 iconic portraits from Vanity Fair’s 95-year history in a remarkable book that captures the image of modern fame—the magical thing that happens when individual talent and beauty (and sometimes genius) is caught in the spotlight of popular curiosity and passion. The photographers—from Edward Steichen and Cecil Beaton to Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino—are a glittering and celebrated group themselves. Their portraits have become the iconic likenesses of the best-known figures from the worlds of art, film, music, sports, business, and politics.

From legends such as Pablo Picasso, Amelia Earhart, Cary Grant, and Katharine Hepburn to the stars, writers, athletes, style icons, and titans of business and politics of today, Vanity Fair: The Portraits offers an authoritative roster of talent and glamour in the 20th century.

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Vanity Fair photographs have been drawing attention and generating controversy ever since Condé Nast first opened the New York monthly in 1913. The fortunes of the magazine itself rose and fell, but it has always been a favorite venue for elite photographers; over the years, the roster has included Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Cecil Beaton, Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton, and Man Ray. Vanity Fair Portraits gathers 95 years of exquisite, cutting-edge studio shots in a single elegant coffee-table pictorial.
Caroline Weber
Culled from the pages of Vanity Fair magazine by its editor, Graydon Carter, and his staff, and shot by many of the greatest photographers in the history of the medium, these pictures are engrossing less because of the people they portray than because of the breathtaking ingenuity with which each subject is captured…Whether taken by Baron de Meyer, Edward Steichen or Man Ray, or by latter-day geniuses like [Annie] Leibovitz, Helmut Newton or Herb Ritts, these pictures stand as some of the finest examples of photographic craft ever to appear in the mainstream press… Almost without exception, each of these portraits is a work of art. Taken together, they offer an irresistible visual record of a world where stars reign supreme, and where heart-stopping beauty is just a shutter-click away.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Vanity Fair magazine has a reputation as one of the preeminent showcases for portraits in the world, and this book gathers together a good chunk of them in all their glossy, artificial splendor. There's almost as much celebrity behind the lens as in front of it: Edward Steichen, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, David LaChapelle and, of course, Annie Leibovitz are all included, and the portraits themselves amount to a who's who of culture and politics, with the quality of the images justifying the inclusion of the occasional lesser-known figures. The photographs have been arranged to supply the reader with subtle (and not so subtle) visual and cultural frisson: what are we meant to think when Joseph Goebbels is juxtaposed with Richard Perle? In a face-off between Rob Lowe and Louise Brooks, who has the most glamorous jaw line? For posing questions such as this, and for the production values and sheer scale, not to mention introductory essays by Graydon Carter, Christopher Hitchens, Terence Pepper and David Friend, this is a book that will no doubt be adorning the coffee tables of the world's culture brokers for many years to come. (Sept.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810972988
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 13.78 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Graydon Carter is the editor of Vanity Fair. David Friend is editor of creative development at Vanity Fair and author of Watching the World Change.

Christopher Hitchens is a journalist, literary critic, and social commentator. He is the author most recently of the bestselling God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

Terence Pepper, curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London, was awarded an OBE for services to photography and art.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Photography that reveals the character of celebrities and individuals of significant historical impact both good and evil.

    Fabulous photoes that reveal much of the individuality and personality of the subjects. A vast array of socially powerful figures that contributed to our present day society both good and bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    A Book for People who loves beauties

    I'm in Vietnam - actually the first Vietnamese who own this book right after 1 week it was published in the US. This is such a big book of iconic photograph. While reading it, I can not say anything, only 'wow' and 'omg'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2009

    Great Pictures

    I bought this as a gift for my boss. He loves it and it is on his coffee table.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    Good for visual research, very thorough. Large format.

    This book is too heavy to leaf through. It is best for researching. Very thorough, showing a huge anthology of photographs and photographers over the decades, juxtaposing old vs. new images on spreads with similar themes. It is not a fine art book since the images are all four color, but it is very well printed for that. Four color, of course, is fine for the recent images that were made to be in color, but the older images, the duotones, tri and quadratones and black and white or sepia photographs suffer. <BR/><BR/>But still, the book is a monumental collection.<BR/><BR/>TECHNICAL: I bought the book more as a printing reference on reproducing various images ¿ for that it was good since it is well printed within the limitations of four color. The vast majority of the images were reproduced from original art or digital files, but some of the images were scanned from magazines, not original art, and they came out pretty well even with the excess grain and at the huge size.

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