Beaton has been a photographer for British vogue and Vanity Fair. He is also well known for his society and Hollywood Star portraits. Beaton also photographed the Royal Family on numerous occasions.
During the early war years Beaton was employed by the Ministry of Information to document the war on the home front. One of his images, a young girl clutching her teddy bear and recovering in hospital after a German bombing raid, was used in the world wide press. Images like this would eventually cause the American Government to join the war.
I thought this look at Beaton might be quite relevant to this module for a number of reasons. There is naturally a great deal of black and white photography which provides for a good study of tones. Equally interesting is his composition and use of props. It is also often mentioned that Beaton was not the most technically adept of photographers and examining the reason for these comments could be useful.
Beaton has been an influence on photographers such as David Bailey and Angus McBean.
A Google image search revealed a good cross section of Cecil Beaton's work.
|Baba, Wanda Baillie-Hamilton and Lady Bridget Poullett, 1928, showing creative use of props.|
|Eileen Dunne in the hospital for sick children 1940.|
|Marlene Dietrich, 1935|