woensdag 12 januari 2011

Cecil Beaton

It has been a while since I did a post on photography. Some of my old followers may know that I love black and white fashion photographs. Especially from the 1920s and 1930s, but I enjoy photo's from later periods as well. When I am in a bookshop or fleamarket I am always on the lookout for photo books. I love the atmosphere, the stylish clothes, and the beautiful men and women.

Cecil Beaton, an English fashion and portrait photographer, is one of my favourites. He was born in 1904 and passed away in 1980. He started for Vogue in 1927. Through the years he captured several celebrities on camera, like Audrey Hepburn, Norma Shearer, Greta Garbo & Marilyn Monroe. In his hands beauty was transformed into elegance and charm. He followed fashion on foot, with the result that he was one of the most wanted fashion photographers during a period of fifty years.

Enjoy his photo's! Lieve groet, Madelief

43 opmerkingen:

  1. Een bijzonder mooie reportage, Madelief. Zo stijlvol!
    Een fijne avond. Hoe gaat het met je dochter? Heeft zij al een andere keuze gemaakt?
    Liefs xxx

  2. Hi, Dear-

    I just added a blog with a picture of Audrey Hepburn- click on it- I think, you will like it :-))

    I agree- I also miss the time, a woman was a woman. Today the most women wanna be men. They wanna make a carrier like a man- men stay at home with the children- not my world.

    The clothes are great- the posing perfect- men have been gentlemen :-)

    Wonderful photos- and yes, Darling- I wish, that time could be back!!!

    Enjoy your evening- Ines

  3. HEJ Madelief
    Lovely post ;-)
    I LOVE black n white photo's so atmospheric
    Have a good week

  4. Dear Madelief, what a beautiful post!
    I love old B/W photos so much!
    Have a wonderful evening,

  5. Prachtige foto's zijn dat, ik hou er ook van...
    Ik zie nu wel ineens dat Marilyn best een aparte neus had hihi

    Fijne avond!

    Groetjes, Veronique

  6. Hoi Madelief,

    Ik kan mij je eerdere posten over deze passie nog wel herinneren...deze foto's zijn ook prachtig! Ik zal het eens in de gaten houden...mocht ik ergens eens een mooi boek met dit soort foto's voor een prikkie zien...

    Lieve groet, Ingrid

  7. Mooie foto's. Ben zelf een groot fan van Audrey Hepburn (zo'n mooie elegante vrouw) en vindt die foto's echt schitterend :)

  8. Beautiful and very interesting post, I lake it!
    Kisses, Zondra Art

  9. Now that is what I call true glamour Madelief! Cecil Beaton was an artist behind a camera, capturing such style and elegance. Movie stars really were stars in those days!!

    Thank you for sharing these wonderfully evocative photos.


  10. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh wonderful my dear Madelief... I love this art von photography soooo much..
    Kisses Susi

  11. beautiful photographs!


  12. mooi foto's Madelief en de klassieke gezichten zo apart mooi, liefs Irma

  13. Elegant an era of gentility and gracefulness people were polite and men gave up their seats ....big sigh I do love the whole genre you have captured
    Hugs Lynn xxxxx

  14. Wat een prachtige reportage Madelief. Prachtig de elegantie die hier vanaf straalt.
    Ik vind zwart-wit foto's ook prachtig, heb in de hal naar boven een hele wand met zwart-wit foto's in zwarte lijsten.

    Lieve groet, Mea

  15. Prachtig Madelief! zo stijlvol deze dames, mooi alles in zwart/wit...

    Lieve groet, Jeanette

  16. Prachtige dames........
    Heb je ook nog die prachtige dame op mijn blog gezien aan de binnenkant van mijn jasje.....?
    Oh ik hou er van.
    Fijne avond

  17. Ha Madelief. Wat een heerlijke reportage.Prachtige foto's van oude sterren die mij zo aanspreken.
    Lieve groetjes van Riet

  18. Mooi, zo zwart wit...wat een leuke hobby.
    Zo worden de foto's toch niet meer gemaakt...zo tijdloos eigenlijk,
    lieve groet, Jolanda

  19. Such beautiful images. Could Audrey Hepburn be any more beautiful? So unfair!

    Hope all is well, Stephie x

  20. Hello Madelief,
    What a lovely post! I too love black and whites, true glamour! The photos of Marilyn are so much softer than the usual ones you see, beautiful!
    Have a Great Day!

  21. Mooie foto's lieve Madelief...truste Ria....xxx...

  22. Oh ! Audrey Hepburn ! Very pretty woman ! This actress had a lot of chic and class.
    Lieve Groet,

  23. What a way to glam up a winter day.

    Beautiful women, fantabulous pictures.

    xo Jane

  24. Love your Wiltshire pictures!
    The black and white pictures are beautiful

    wish you a nice day,


  25. Ooooo prachtig! Vooral de foto van Vian Leigh vind ik erg mooi! Maar als fan van Marilyn moet ik toch ook even zeggen dat de foto waarop ze een bloem tegen zich aandrukt ook erg mooi vind. Hé ik vind ze eigenlijk allemaal mooi! Heel fijn dat je dit hebt laten zien. Heb er van genoten! Groetjes Smoek

  26. Oh I love them too Madelief. Such atmosphere and those dresses! Have a lovely week x

  27. Wat een mooie, vrouwelijke elegantie in al die foto´s, ik hou er echt van! Als je tegenwoordig vaak vrouwen gekleed ziet op straat, kan ik alleen maar denken: ´oef´! :(
    Mooie foto´s!

  28. What a beautiful Madelief,pure glamour and elegance,

  29. Beaton knowed how to celebrate the beauty of the Woman. Fantastic photos !

    ♥ Hélène Glehen ♥

  30. Hi Madelief,
    Beautiful photographs of beautiful women!

    Take care,

  31. First, I love his work......and the subjects!

    I went yesterday and he is making me come back today to have Carol look up and track them for me so at 9am after I run the kids to school I'm stopping. He said that your country should only take 7-10 days but it can take 2 months with customs. Madelief it was so long ago I'll know today what I listed in the box but we don't have any of this to deal with (customs) so its all new to me. I put a bunch of little things in your box with the pot and I hope I listed all of them....what happens if I didn't!
    I wanted them to be a surprise! nothing big just little items I thought would be sweet in your home! well we will find out today! Heidi
    I think I did...I'm all stressed about this.

  32. Liebe Madelief,

    ich mag schwarz-weiß Aufnahmen auch sehr und vor allem mag ich Spielfilme mit alldiesen wundervollen Schauspielerinnen wie Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergmann etc,
    viel schöner als die heutigen moderen Filme.... Toller Post !!!

    Wünsche dir einen schönen Tag,
    liebe Grüße,

  33. Wat mooi je black en white post Madelief,en wat een prachtige foto's heb je gekozen!!!geniet van een fijne avond....liefs

  34. Dear Madelief,
    I love black and white photos, too, they have so much atmosphere! And these are so beautiful, thanks for showing. Especially the first one showing Audrey Hepburn is just gorgeous.

    Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

  35. Dear Madelief!!!!

    BEAUTIFUL post!!! I too love the black & white photography of 'then'.... (and was very lucky, years ago, I went to a huge Cecil Beaten exhibition in London - with a lot of the lesser known photos too - it was FANTASTIC!!!!!!)

    THANK you so much for your comment just now - yes, thank you - we 'survived' the holidays :)...very quiet, which was nice! How about you?

    I have just come across the Macaroon recipe again - I did say AGES ago I would send it to you - I TOTALLY forgot, with everything else going on :) - it is the only one I ever did and it was DELICIOUS!!!! (I have Macaroons on my to do list for spring...) - I will e-mail it to you in a minute!!!

    As for the age thing - oh, I manosey too, ALWAYS!! :) - I WISH it was 30+...I am half way through 40 now :( - age was always something that did not bother me AT all until I hit 41.....it sounds SOOOOOOOO old. SO most of the time I just ignore it and often I forget, really! Mike is the same - we sometime need to count - he is 2 years older than me, and he will say things like "I can't be 46, can I? And I say yes, you are, if I am 44 (well, I was 44 - not used to the 5 yet...) Anyway -enough of this unpleasant subject :) (I always though that when I am in my forties, I am grown up - still don't feel like that!)....AND got to ask now...you? :)

    Well, better get cooking - I need PASTA tonight - best thing for gloomy mood...!

    Hope all is well with you!!!


    Nicola x

  36. Dear Madelief - What beautiful black and white photographs of gorgeous fashions! I really enjoyed Cecil Beaton's photographs...what talent!
    Enjoy your week-end!

  37. Amazing images, dear Madelief friend!!!
    I wish your weekend is full of magical moments!! Love!! Bela

  38. Prachtig hoor,zou wel eens in die tijd willen wandelen met zo`n jurk,ik wens je een fijn weekend,lieve groet Joke.

  39. Mooie foto's van prachtige vrouwen.
    Fijn weekend!
    Lieve groet, Renny

  40. Oh Madelief! All the things that I love are in those photos! The hats, the dresses, sigh.....
    Take Care,


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