In Vogue

I somehow managed to miss two openings of the Vogue exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery so called in en route from Piccadilly to Blackfriars.   I had forgotten how relentlessly and magificently glamorous images in Vogue can be, particularly with heightened digital imagery and over-posing.   I preferred starting in 1916 with vintage prints of ladies of fashion by George Hoyningen-Huene and Edward Steichen, Tallulah Bankhead by Cecil Beaton and Nancy Cunard by Man Ray.   What I hadn’t realised, but should have done, is how many famous photographic images first appeared in Vogue, including Edith Sitwell by Cecil Beaton, Alfred Hitchcock and Evelyn Waugh by Irving Penn,  and Martin Amis by Tony Snowdon.   Clifford Coffin gets my vote as photographer, plus Corinne Day for her wilfully downbeat and colour-drained photographs of Kate Moss.


2 thoughts on “In Vogue

  1. Leslie Bacon says:

    Charles….. thank you for your blog on Vogue photography…… It was such a different magazine in the past. I have dropped off a book for you — the Vogue Fireside book — published, beautifully, in 1944 and is actually amazing when you see the scope of the writers who did articles for the magazine…. I love this book and take it to people as a gift when I go to stay with them — perfect for the guest room…. sorry this edition has a rather spotted cover, but at least you can believe it has been read, and I like that. all the best, Leslie nb looking forward to the Norwich trip Leslie Tobin Bacon Regent’s Park 3 York Terrace West London NW1 4QA +44 (0)77 8067 4444


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