For The Not So Vain In Mind...


Vanity Fair has published some of the most iconic images of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Now the National Portrait Gallery curators have been given access to the Vanity Fair archives and pulled together a selection of 150 classic images.
The exhibition features vintage prints from the magazine's first period (1913-1936) –on display for the first time. These are combined with more popular and contemporary images from its second period (1983-present).

Vanity Fair has also become famous for its portrait photography.
Legendary photographers like Edward Steichen and Cecil Beaton took glamorous portraits of Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson in the period 1913-1936, and these are on display at the National Portrait Gallery this spring.
Two unseen portraits of author Virginia Woolf taken in 1924 are an added treat in this part of the exhibition.

Another highlight of the exhibition is 22 images by acclaimed portrait photographer, Annie Leibovitz. Leibovitz has become the dominant image-maker of Vanity Fair. Her portraits include that of Miles Davis, Kate Winslet, Lance Armstrong, and more recently, the Queen.

With subjects as diverse as Claude Monet, Cary Grant and Madonna, if you're looking for great photographers or great subjects, or both, don't miss the Vanity Fair Portraits exhibition which is on now and ends on the 26th May.

National Portrait Gallery
St Martins Place, London