Cecil Beaton

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Cecil Beaton was a British photographer and designer best known for his elegant photographs of high society. Working within a cinematic approach, his black-and-white images are characterised by their staged poses and imaginative sets. His fascination with glamour led him to photograph many famous faces from Hollywood, the theatre world and the British royal family.

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Cecil Beaton was born in Hampstead, London, to a wealthy family. For a brief period, he assisted at photographer Paul Tanqueray’s studio, although his practice was mostly self-taught. Beaton’s career took off in the mid 1920s, after his first solo exhibition in London won him a contract with Vogue magazine, and he became intimately associated with the ‘Bright Young Things’. He worked as a photographer and illustrator at Vogue for 30 years, while contributing to numerous other publications such as Condé Nast and Vanity Fair. After becoming court photographer to the British Royal Family, Beaton was firmly established as one of the leading fashion and portrait photographers of his generation. His work can be found in The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the National Portrait Gallery in London, among others. 

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