Monday, January 12, 2009

LACMA exhibition: Vanity Fair Portraits

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr and Joan Crawford, Santa Monica, 1929, Vanity Fair, October 1929, © Condé Nast Publications Inc./Courtesy Condé Nast Archive.

One of my favorite photographs in the exhibit is the one above. Although it was taken in the 20's I feel like it is so timeless and classic. Plus I've never seen Joan Crawford look relaxed and not severe.

The Vanity Fair portrait exhibit is at LACMA right now- through March 1st. So you still have plenty of time to see it! The photographs run from 1918 to 2008. When you see them all together it is a chance to see how things have changed in terms of photography, celebrity, and history. All of the early photographs had authors and political figures as their covers. By the time we get into the 30's-40's we see the change to actors and celebrities.
Julianne Moore as Ingres’s ‘Grand Odalisque’, New York City, Michael Thompson
© Condé Nast Publications Inc. / Courtesy Michael Thompson
La Grand Odalisque by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. 1814

The photographers represented include Cecil Beaton, Harry Benson, Julian Broad, Imogen Cunningham, Annie Leibovitz, Man Ray, Mary Ellen Mark, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Edward Steichen, Mario Testino, and Bruce Weber. All in all the exhibit was very interesting and enjoyable. Definitely a Culturista recommendation. Los Angeles is actually the only stop in the U.S.--after March 1st it continues on its international tour.

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