ARTYFACTS: Vanity Fair – Photographs

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Vanity Fair – Photographs

Who says that we live in an age of celebrity culture? It’s always been around, ad in the not so distant past, was far more widespread than it is now. Eve the supposed highbrow Vanity Fair shows the celebration of celebrity at its most vulgar. They dress up, pose and pout like any modern celebrities. The only exception is George Bernard Shaw, who strikes a knowing and subversive look at the camera. The big tableaus are horrific, photo-shopped into existence. At the end of the day I wouldn’t have many of these on my walls at home. The Norma Jean Roy and Gloria Swason images are exceptions, as they’re unorthodox compositions. These are all too rare when vanity is at stake.


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