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Cecil Beaton: Memoirs of the 40’s by Cecil Beaton
Born in London in 1904, Cecil Beaton’s first photographs were of his sisters styled in theatrical decadent costumes. His unique flair for elegance and fantasy lead him to become one of the most successful and influential portrait and fashion photographers of the 20th century. Baron Adolf de Meyer and Edward Steichen were sources of inspiration for him, but he developed a style all his own. He worked for Vogue for over twenty-five years and also became official court photographer to the Royal family in 1937. A constant innovator, Beaton worked for five decades photographing some of the most captivating figures of his time, from Edith Sitwell to the Rolling Stones, Greta Garbo, Jean Cocteau, and Marilyn Monroe. Beaton died in 1980 at the age of 76.
Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Black & White Photographs and Sketches (illustrator). First Edition. Price clipped dust jacket has light shelf wear and small repairs on the top edge, text is clear, corner of the front end page is clipped, otherwise clean and well-bound. These memoirs of the immediate postwar years present a vibrant double portrait – one of the exquisite Greta Garbo; the other, a brilliantly lighted view of the world of celebrated artists, writers and politicians. The dust jacket has 4 small tears to the top edge of the dust jacket. Now in a protective plastic cover to prevent any further damage. 310 pages.