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Vanity Fair Portraits - National Portrait Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION entitled Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913 – 2008 will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery from February 14 to May 26, 2008.

Some of the greatest portrait photographs of the twentieth century were taken for, or published in, Vanity Fair. This remarkable selection of 150 classic images features works from the magazine’s first period (1913 – 1936), displayed for the first time with works from the contemporary Vanity Fair (1983 – the present).

In the first period, celebrated subjects such as Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin and Jean Harlow are shown in portraits by legendary photographers, among them Edward Steichen, Cecil Beaton, Baron De Meyer, Man Ray and George Hurrell.

From the magazine’s re-launch in 1983, the works of photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber and Mario Testino are featured, depicting a wide range of subjects from Arthur Miller to Madonna.

Advance booking recommended.

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