Vanity Fair Portraits: photographs 1913-2008, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Tuesday 19 August 2008
This exhibition almost becomes a homage to Annie Leibovitz. This is no bad thing, but it shows how the Vanity Fair photographers – including Cecil Beaton, Edward Steichen, Man Ray and Mario Testino – have played such an integral part in the magazine's history.
Leibovitz was hired as Vanity Fair's chief photographer on its relaunch 25 years ago – 60 years after Steichen was lured in on a $35,000-a-year salary by its publisher Condé Nast. Before then, Baron de Mayer had developed the soft-focus portrait, and in 1920 he captured a wistful Charlie Chaplin just before production began on his first feature film, The Kid. Steichen's photographs include, from 1923, a mischievous-looking Fanny Brice, the comedian and satirist; and a stunning 1924 image of the film star Gloria Swanson.
Man Ray began contributing portraits of leading arts figures after arriving in Paris in 1922. His bust-like image of Pablo Picasso shows the artist in a shadowy dark-grey profile.
The exhibition then fast-forwards nearly 50 years. There's Irving Penn's 1984 black-and-white portrait of Norman Mailer; Helmut Newton's imperious Margaret Thatcher; and Testino's breezy Diana, Princess of Wales, 12 weeks before her death. But it is Leibovitz who steals the show.
To 30 August (0131-624 6200)
Music Why this music festival is still the place to spot the next big thing
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 Watch: Man takes selfie every mile of 2,600 mile hike, creates amazing timelapse video
- 4 The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Britain's first cinema flickers back to life following £6m refurbishment
Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
A historian gave the most British look of despair when someone screwed up Richard III's birthday at his reburial
James May hints Top Gear days are over following Jeremy Clarkson's BBC exit
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans