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Vanity Fair: The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images Hardcover – September 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; 1 edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810972980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810972988
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.5 x 13.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. (Sept.)
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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.
(Publishers Weekly 2008-08-11)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2008
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Few books published survey the fascinating moments of the 20th century the way VANITY FAIR PORTRAITS: A CENTURY OF ICONIC IMAGES does. This hefty, handsome volume contains the photographic works of some of the world's most important photographers whose images have graced the pages to Vanity Fair in the two periods of its publication - the beginning and the ending of the 20th century. This is a photographic collection that gives generous full page (and at time double page ) spreads of brilliant photographs by artists who gained permission to enter the lives of movie starts, artists, writers, government personalities, royalty, stage personas, the wealthy and the significant poor - they are all here in both lush color and black and white reproductions.

Not only is it fascinating to leaf through the 300 odd photographs of this book, but it is also rewarding to read the several introductory notes and essays by Graydon Carter, David Friend, and Christopher Hitchens - each of whom lends appreciation for not only the publication that influenced art and fashion and politics and world affairs, but also gave readers a tasteful and solidly informative way to view the world as the characters displayed here influenced our times. This is a collection of art and history married in a way that allows the reader time and contrasts to re-live the past and appreciate the developments that graced the years from 1900 to 2000. Well worth the price! Grady Harp, October 08
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dana Kurzawa on January 7, 2009
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Although I purchased this book as a gift, I did get the chance to look through it as well. This is a gorgeous coffee-table book that is a fine addition to anyone's collection. Amazing photographs from the last century. Once you pick it up, it's hard not to look through the entire thing at least once. Fabulous book!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jan Klier on October 1, 2008
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If you're into portrait photography, this is a great book covering some well known portraits, and a wide range of style, time, and people. I went through the book several times 'earmarking' portraits for lighting style, posing, and/or composition that I find inspirational.

My copy of the book had several pages though where the ink of one page had worn off onto another page, which was most annoying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2010
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Hitchens writes a great essay introducing these portraits. The portraits themselves vary in quality. Hands down, the very best ones are the ones done by the great masters earlier in the twentieth century in black and white, especially by Steichen. Of the later photographs, the ones done by Bruce Weber are my favorites along with Ritts, Tesino and others. I think the weakest photos, the ones that will probably not make it as serious art for being overly gimmicky, are Annie Lebovitz's. She makes a great eye catching magazine cover but she does not make ANY portrait that would even give someone like Steichen, were he alive, a moment's worry. Also included are some old Vanity Fair illustrated covers and these were quite gorgeous too. Nowadays this kind of cover could probably not sell a magazine but it's too bad as they were all wonderful works of art. In short, there's something for everyone in this huge collection of portraits. If you prefer very clever photos of present day celebs a lot, then this may be worth a full five stars for you. Those were the ones that took it down to four stars for me.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ariana Bauer on July 14, 2009
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I am a semi-pro photographer and am always on the lookout for inspiration, so when i saw this on the shelf, I had to pick it up. 10 or 15 pages in, I was hooked. I had to buy it.

The images in this book are incredible, but the foreward the and way the images are arranged just makes reading through that much more fun.

The book is for everyone really, with celebrities photos starting around 1913. It is really an ode to our time in pictures.

I would recommend this book to everyone and am happy I purchased it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Ockford on February 12, 2009
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This is a increadable collection of portraits taken by Vanity Fair photographers over the past 100 years.
The photos are all done very well and in many cases, put a face to the famous that we have only heard about from the early 1900's. The book's coverage of the many different personalities of the 20th century is really something. It is a very fun book to go through and see the many diverse individuals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tash on January 2, 2009
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This is a really beautiful book. I bought it because I went to go see the Vanity Fair exhibit at LACMA. This is a great book for any photography lover or someone who has been a Vanity Fair fan, and it makes a really great gift. It chronicles Vanity Fair portraits of iconic artists, celebrities, and genius minds that have shaped the 20th century. I would greatly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Ulm on January 22, 2009
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The Portraits book is good on many levels. Many of the photos are of people from the past that are not the "stars" of their day but of varying occupations and fame. Great photos of so many folks. Many of them iconic and long-lasting. Just a good book to sit and read to get a sense of history and the times.
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