I am so very excited to introduce you to a new book that I am head-over-heels in love with…
This grand book uses a collection of gathered images to trace the creative record of Cecil Beaton, one of the most brilliant and influential photographers of all time. This ultimate scrapbook of style includes newspaper clippings, magazines, and playbills as well as photographs of his own.
Turning through the pages, I get the feeling that I am looking at a never-ending inspiration board that not only reflects Beaton’s genius but also gives us an overview of the fabulous aspects of the world in which he lived in.
Mr. Beaton (1904-1980) was born and raised in England where he studied at Harrow and St. John’s College in Cambridge. Following his education, he immediately began to see success in his photography and set up his own studio by 1925. He worked as a staff photographer for Vanity Fair and Vogue and worked as a designer of sets and films including the fabulous musicals, Gigi (1958) and My Fair Lady (1965). He even worked as a documentary photographer during WWII.
Through it all, he managed to capture some of the most iconic images of old Hollywood – Grace Kelly, and Sophia Loren to name a few. His work in fashion and portraits became known for catching the essence of these pretty young things as well as the best and brightest of London society. All of these figures -- including royalty, actors, dancers, and political leaders -- loom large on each page. They are grouped together in dream-like colors, tones, and perspectives.
A book like this becomes a house-hold treasure and a decorative accessory on its own. Anyone who is looking for inspiration would find hours of enjoyment with this title in their lap.
“I see, I collect—therefore I am.”
This quote by Beaton encapsulates the irreplaceable creativity that can be found in his work. Any mind that speaks something so simple yet powerful can never be forgotten. Much like this book.