Stunning Portraits from the Master Lensman Cecil Beaton

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“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Cecil Beaton.

One of the greatest British lensmen, also an Oscar-winning stage and costume designer, Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) was best known for his elegant and decorative photographs of high society, including world leaders, royalty, film stars and international artists. His exceptional aesthetic taste, along with his dramatic persona, fierce ambition and dedication to social advancement are the main factors in Beaton’s over six-decade-long career. Below are some of the well-known names that fell under the multi-talented dandy’s sharp observations:

Marlene Dietrich, 1930. From the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s.

Marlene Dietrich, 1930. For Vogue.

Marlene Dietrich, 1930. For Vogue.

Colette, 1930. From the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s.

Norma Shearer, September 1930. For Vanity Fair.

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