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Posted by Teresa Hanafin  December 14, 2008 10:30 AM

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Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair: The Portraits
A Century of Iconic Images

By Graydon Carter
and the Editors of Vanity Fair
Abrams, 383 pp., $65

Irving Berlin, Radiohead.
Woodrow Wilson, George W. Bush.
Al Jolson, Tom Hanks.
Colette, Susan Sontag.
W. C. Fields, Whoopi Goldberg.
Lionel, Ethel, John, and Drew Barrymore.
Images of these and dozens of other famous figures in art, politics, music, sports, and film - which first appeared in the pages of Vanity Fair - make up a volume that's "no less than a history of portrait photography of the last century," says the magazine's editor, Graydon Carter.

Annie Leibovitz's portrait of future California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (above), the cover of the June 1997 issue, falls toward the end of the book, which ranges from 1913 to 2008. Many of the photographers in the collection are as renowned as their subjects, among them Cecil Beaton, Mary Ellen Mark, Andre Kertesz, Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Man Ray, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

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