Thursday, July 9, 2009

Vanity Fair- The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images

"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." -Publisher's Weekly

Vanity Fair: The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images is available at Amazon for $40.95 (37% off the $65- list price)

Mr. & Mrs Fairbanks

Bette Davis

Gary Cooper

Martha Graham

Rudolf Valentino

Jean Cocteau


eleniii said...

really cool! putting it on my list xx

Stacey said...

I LOVE this book.... so many beautiful photos.

Miss Eve said...

I'm sure it's a fantastic book...I love VF photos...Thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend, much love: Evi

misslikey said...

already love it