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Vanity Fair Portraits

Photographs 1913-2008

Vanity Fair Portraits traces the birth and evolution of photographic portraiture through the archives of Vanity Fair magazine.

More information on Vanity Fair Portraits

Selected images

Prince William of Wales, by Mario Testino, 2003 publ. September 2003.
Credit: Mario Testino
Prince William of Wales, by Mario Testino, 2003 publ. September 2003.
Credit: Mario Testino
Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard, by Bruce Weber, 1984 publ. October 1984.
Credit: Bruce Weber
Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard, by Bruce Weber, 1984 publ. October 1984.
Credit: Bruce Weber
Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard, by Bruce Weber, 1984 publ. October 1984.
Credit: Bruce Weber
Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard, by Bruce Weber, 1984 publ. October 1984.
Credit: Bruce Weber
Albertina Rasch Dancers, by Florence Vandamm, 1927 publ. April 1927.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Albertina Rasch Dancers, by Florence Vandamm, 1927 publ. April 1927.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Madonna, by Mario Testino, 1996 publ. November 1996.
Credit: Mario Testino
Madonna, by Mario Testino, 1996 publ. November 1996.
Credit: Mario Testino
Augustus John, by Malcolm Arbuthnot, 1920 publ. February 1920.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Augustus John, by Malcolm Arbuthnot, 1920 publ. February 1920.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Julianne Moore as Ingres's 'Grand Odalisque', New York City, by Michael Thompson, 2000 publ. April 2000.
Credit: Michael Thompson
Julianne Moore as Ingres's 'Grand Odalisque', New York City, by Michael Thompson, 2000 publ. April 2000.
Credit: Michael Thompson
Liza Minnelli, by Mary Ellen Mark, December 2001 publ. March 2002.
Credit: Mary Ellen Mark
Liza Minnelli, by Mary Ellen Mark, December 2001 publ. March 2002.
Credit: Mary Ellen Mark
A Much Screened Lady - Gloria Swanson, by Edward Steichen, 1924 publ. February 1928.
Credit: Bequest of Edward Steichen by Direction of Joanna T. Steichen. Courtesy of George Eastman House
A Much Screened Lady - Gloria Swanson, by Edward Steichen, 1924 publ. February 1928.
Credit: Bequest of Edward Steichen by Direction of Joanna T. Steichen. Courtesy of George Eastman House
Hilary Swank, by Norman Jean Roy, December 2004 publ. March 2005.
Credit: Norman Jean Roy
Hilary Swank, by Norman Jean Roy, December 2004 publ. March 2005.
Credit: Norman Jean Roy
Jean Harlow at home, by George Hurrell, 1934 publ. January 1935.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Jean Harlow at home, by George Hurrell, 1934 publ. January 1935.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Jesse Owens, by Lusha Nelson, 1935 publ. September 1935.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Jesse Owens, by Lusha Nelson, 1935 publ. September 1935.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Martin Amis, by Nigel Parry, 1995 publ. May 1995.
Credit: Nigel Parry / CPI
Martin Amis, by Nigel Parry, 1995 publ. May 1995.
Credit: Nigel Parry / CPI
Philip Johnson wearing the PPG Building (costume designed and constructed by Joseph Hutchins, Works N. Y.), by Josef Astor, 1996 publ. July 1996.
Credit: Josef Astor
Philip Johnson wearing the PPG Building (costume designed and constructed by Joseph Hutchins, Works N. Y.), by Josef Astor, 1996 publ. July 1996.
Credit: Josef Astor
Anna May Wong, by Edward Steichen, 1930 publ. January 1931.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Anna May Wong, by Edward Steichen, 1930 publ. January 1931.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Joan Crawford, Santa Monica, by Nickolas Muray, 1929 publ. October 1929.
Credit: Gift of Mrs Nickolas Muray. Courtesy of George Eastman House
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Joan Crawford, Santa Monica, by Nickolas Muray, 1929 publ. October 1929.
Credit: Gift of Mrs Nickolas Muray. Courtesy of George Eastman House
Bette Davis, by Maurice Goldberg, 1934 publ. February 1935.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Bette Davis, by Maurice Goldberg, 1934 publ. February 1935.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Cary Grant, by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1934 publ. November 1934.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Cary Grant, by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1934 publ. November 1934.
Credit: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive
Hollywood Cover, by Annie Leibovitz, 2001 publ. April 2001.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist
Hollywood Cover, by Annie Leibovitz, 2001 publ. April 2001.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist
Louise Brooks, by Edward Steichen, 1928 publ. January 1929.
Credit: Bequest of Edward Steichen by Direction of Joanna T. Steichen. Courtesy of George Eastman House
Louise Brooks, by Edward Steichen, 1928 publ. January 1929.
Credit: Bequest of Edward Steichen by Direction of Joanna T. Steichen. Courtesy of George Eastman House
Katharine Hepburn, by Cecil Beaton, 1935 publ. July 1935.
Credit: The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's, London
Katharine Hepburn, by Cecil Beaton, 1935 publ. July 1935.
Credit: The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's, London
Louis Armstrong, by Anton Bruehl, 1935 publ. November 1935.
Credit: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Louis Armstrong, by Anton Bruehl, 1935 publ. November 1935.
Credit: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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