The very personal diaries of Susan Sontag, activist and writer, are to be made public by her only son
Fresh from the choking press scrum sparked by Annie Leibovitz's starry presence at the National Portrait Gallery some weeks ago, the gallery's director, Sandy Nairne, emerged bright-eyed and unjaded from a cloud of party-goers at the reception party for the annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.
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.
Polly Borland’s extraordinary portraits – some taken for this magazine – have made her one of the world’s most sought-after photographers. To mark a new exhibition, Will Self salutes her unique vision