Photographer Jonathan Becker began contributing to Vanity Fair following a successful solo exhibition in 1981. His portraits featured largely in the prototype for the magazine’s relaunch in 1982. Becker’s specialty in portraits, photographed mostly on location, soon became a Vanity Fair staple: Robert Mapplethorpe, Jack Kevorkian, Jocelyn Wildenstein, and Martha Graham, as well as countless socialites, artists, and heads of state. Assignments for the magazine have dispatched Becker far and wide—from the Amazonian jungle, for firstencounter photographs of members of the Yanomami tribe, to Buckingham Palace, for the first photographs showing the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles together. Over three decades with Vanity Fair, Jonathan Becker has photographed some of the most fascinating characters from the rarefied worlds of art, literature, politics, pop culture, and society,capturing the personality and individuality of his celebrity subjects often unseen through other lenses.
Released in December 2012
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