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Annie Leibovitz Shooting Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette for Vogue

The short video featured here is an interesting insight as to how one of the world’s best known photographers work. Most of us prefer to go out alone to shoot, family and friends around when we are shooting usually are a distraction, here Leibovitz has an army of little helpers. “….Annie is one of our star photographers” someone from Vogue says, well what about the lighting, technicians, the assistants even all the caterers? Enjoy this insight into another world.

Cecil Beaton – photographer

Cecil Beaton, the world famous fashion and portrait photographer who died 21 years ago today left a huge and varied body of work. His work was regularly featured Vogue and Vanity Fair and his trademark theatrical style of photography is still copied today. This brief biography from the NPG explains his career

“Photographer and designer. Born in Hampstead, Beaton’s career as a portrait photographer took off after meeting the Sitwells in 1926. His photographs of them led to his employment with Vogue magazine in London and New York. During the war he worked for the Ministry of Information, recording the war in Britain, the Middle and Far East. After the war he developed as a designer for stage, film, ballet and opera, working with Noel Coward and others. His most famous production was My Fair Lady (1956), the musical based on Shaw’s Pygmalion. He was awarded two Oscars for the film version in 1965.”

This full article from The Telegraph has more information