In the twentieth century, one of the most celebrated British portrait photographers is Sir Cecil Beaton; he was famous for his image of elegance, style glamour and lived from 1904-1980. His influence in the field of portrait photography was evident and remains till date in the work of many contemporary photographers such as Mario Testino and David Bailey.
Because Beaton wanted to pursue his interest in photography, he sent photos to editors and loves the Bright Young Thing, London’s bohemian crowd. He was later employed by Vanity Fair and Vogue as a staff photographer; this was where he developed a different style of posing sitters with unique backgrounds. In the year 1930, he published his first collection of work, and he became more famous to the extent that he was called to take photographs at the wedding of Wallis Warfield and Duke of Windsor in the year 1937 as well as the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953.
Beaton was a favorite photographer of most aristocrats and celebrities and his famous subjects include leading ladies such as Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey as well as Hepburn.
Jacqueline (Kennedy Onassis) and Lee Bouvier (Radziwill)
NY City Ballet dancer Mimi Paul
Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Andrew