Oct 29, 2010

by English Muse

Yes, the legendary photographer kept scrapbooks, like the rest of us…

Cecil Beaton ScrapBook 4
Cecil Beaton ScrapBook 2
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Cecil Beaton ScrapBook 3
Only Beaton’s multiple scrapbooks are packed with snapshots and magazine clippings of society figures, royals, dancers, actors and statesmen taken during his long career as a photographer for publications like Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Assouline on Nov. 22 is coming out with a 400-page coffee table book — called Beaton, the Art of the Scrapbook — that replicates some of the pages.

The blurb: “Composed of his own prints and clippings from magazines, newspapers, and playbills, the pages are an instructive record of his creative process….To flip through the pages is to enter a fabulous and surreal party where Tallulah Bankhead rubs shoulders with a bust of Voltaire and a portrait of Stravinsky; where Beaton’s first trip on the Queen Mary coincides with Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. Beaton’s scrapbooks allowed the artist to play with pictures he had taken (and perhaps those he wished he had) in the dreamspace of artifice that was always his favorite setting.”

Something to add to the Xmas list!


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7 Responses to “A Look Inside Cecil Beaton’s Scrapbooks”

  1. curious constellation says:

    Ohmiword, this is amazing. I have always admired Cecil Beaton's work and often peek at it when I feel uninspired!

    I'm going to have to save up for this one.

  2. Jackie says:

    how cool!

  3. Erin Wallace says:

    LOVE this!!

    xo Erin

  4. Paris Hotel Boutique says:

    Wow, what a great gift is right! Thanks for the 'heads up'!!

  5. TheBeautyFile says:

    This is amazing!!! I love the new scope of the blog, Tina!!

  6. Maureen says:

    I ordered this book before christmas, and it is still on backorder. i'm dying!

  7. Maureen says:

    several hours after i left that last comment, i got an email notifying me it had shipped. i'm so excited! i wonder how heavy it is…

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