As one of the 20th century's most important photographers, Cecil Beaton documented lives both famous and quotidian in dozens of scrapbooks now held by Sotheby's London. In the course of his decades-long career as a photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair, as well as a British war correspondent, Beaton helped invent the cult of the celebrity image. In these pages, reproduced here for the first time, you will enter a fabulous and surreal party where Tallulah Bankhead rubs shoulders with a bust of Voltaire and a portrait of Stravinsky, and where Beaton's first trip on the Queen Mary coincides with Queen Elizabeth's coronation.
James Danziger began his career in the photography world in 1977 as the youngest picture editor of The London Sunday Times Magazine. In the 1980s he became features editor of Vanity Fair where he was instrumental in repositioning the magazine and in championing Annie Leibovitz, now the magazine's chief photographer. From 1989 to 2000, Danziger founded and ran the James Danziger Gallery in New York City, one of the world's top photography galleries, representing such established photographers as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Annie Leibovitz, Mario Giacomelli, and Joel Meyerowitz. He later became director of Magnum Photos' American operations and now runs Danziger Projects, a contemporary projects office and gallery in the Chelsea district of New York City.