Yesterday I went to see the Vanity Fair exhibition currently at the National Portrait Gallery. I must say this is definitely worth a visit. The exhibition marks decades of photographic work form the likes of Cecil Beaton, Man Ray, Mario Testino and Annie Leiborvitz to name but a few.
Vanity Fair was first published from 1913-1936 coinciding with the Jazz era, silent films and experimental photography. By 1983 photographs were no longer black and white and much had changed in the decades that had past. But to their credit the images do not reflect any discomfort in returning to the scene.
Many of the newer images are easily recollected, especially the Hollywood issue covers and the iconic pictures of Diana Princess of Wales, but it is the more obscure black and white photography and early colour images that really draw attention. I found the image of Josephine Baker on stage so dazzling it could give the present day beauties a run for their money.
Vanity Fair captured the movers and shakers of the early 1900's and on its re-birth in the 80's has continued to do the same. This exhibition will definitely unite the fashion and art crowd.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
14th February- 26th May 2008
Tickets: Full price £10, Concessions available
0870 013 0703