Vanity Fair


Jeana and I went to a brilliant exhibition at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery last week. It’s a celebration of the great photography commissioned by Vanity Fair in its two manifestations from 1913 until the War and then again when it was resurrected in 1983

The list of photographic contributors to the magazine is quite staggering…Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Man Ray in the first iteration, and Annie Liebovitz, Helmut Newton (who’s portrait of Margaret Thatcher was for me, the most ironic and best shot in the show – and no she didn’t have her kit off) and Mario Testino (our Diana) amongst others in the later manifestation.

I thought the curation of the show was great too (interesting and readable notes on every shot; by subject and by photographer)

Some of the images, like these, are classics…

Does my bum look big in this?

Does my bum look big in this?

Do our bums look big in this?

Do our bums look big in this?

Does my bum look big in this?

Does my bum look big in this?

does my face look big in this?

does my face look big in this?

Definitely worth the trip.

We bought tickets for Tracey Emin’s show which starts on Saturday and Foto at The Dean Gallery too.  Great stuff.  Can’t wait.