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Hollywood, celebrities, powerbrokers, parties, scandals. Over four decades, Vanity Fair showcases and glamourizes public personalities from entertainment, politics, and pop culture. Through the lens of famous photographers like Annie Leibowitz, Vanity Fair principal photographer, explore more than 130 photography of glamour and power.
Here is a look at “Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling“
From 1913 to 1936 (Jazz Age), Vanity Fair showcased modern artists, writers, and movie stars. It portrayed titans like Warner Brothers, Disney, Picasso, and Dorothy Parker.
Did you know? The magazine was originally named Dress and Vanity Fair.
Come 1930 and the Great Depression. The interest for the High Society dropped. The magazine would reemerge many years later, in 1983.
Did you know? The term « Vanity Fair » was coined in John Bunyan’s 1678 novel “The Pilgrim’s Progress.”
Vanity Fair camera stood out the personality and humanity of the subjects. Photographers play with their public image and a five minutes shot can become an iconic cover.
“Getting your own photo shoot in Vanity Fair has become the premier achievement in our celebrity-mad culture” Maureen Dowdm The New York Times.
Cover of the June 1985 issue. Hollywood and White House. Harry Benson captured former Hollywood actor and current U.S President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. This cover portrayed the couple dancing on “Nancy With The Dancing Face” by Frank Sinatra. This five-minute shot became one of Vanity Fair best seller.
“When that picture came out, everything changed, literally overnight, where I was walking down the street on a Friday night…and Saturday morning people were yelling my name.” Whoopi Goldberg. Annie Leibovitz shot the comedy star in a bath full of milk in July 1984. The scene “was inspired by one of her characters, a little girl who wanted to be white so badly that she bathed in Clorox.”
Vanity Fair’s 2020 Hollywood issue
Step behind the scene of the most prestigious annual cover: the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue. Since 1995, Vanity Fair portraits the most influential people from the entertainment industry. A short documentary directed by Alex Horwitz highlights the process. Follow the selection of stars, visit the set, and look out for the final Hollywood issue cover.
Demi Moore by Annie Leibovitz
Fertility, nudity, and movie star. The August 1991 issue became instantly a culture buster. Annie Leibovitz captured a naked seven-month pregnant Demi Moore. For the first time, a mass media sexualize pregnancy and empower motherhood. The photo was provocative. It shocked a lot of people and the magazine was banned from many stores.
Did you know? Following this cover, some people canceled their subscriptions.
Plan your visit
- On view from February 8th to July 26th, 2020
- Location: 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067.
- Admission: Free
- Duration: I spent 2 hours to discover it.
- Audio guide available and guided tour on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm.
- Parking on-site: $1.50 with validation
- More information available at https://www.annenbergphotospace.org/