© Cecil Beaton, 1947, Portrait of Marlon Brando

This photo was published in the book "The Essential Cecil Beaton - Photographs 1920-1970" (published by Schirmer/Mosel).


A kind of master of ceremonies to the British Empire, fashion and society photographer Cecil Beaton depicted the high and low of the century with his signature elegance and panache: the British Royal family, the nobility, the London bohemian, and the New York underground. This volume, a comprehensive survey of his work, is now available again in a hardcover edition. With texts by Philippe Garner and David Alan Mellor.

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© Cecil Beaton, 1931, Portrait of Edward James

“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)

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