can’t beat Beaton

I have a secret love for scrap booking – yes, there I admit it. No not the kind done by millions of homebodies across the globe with supplies bought at craft stores. But rather the kind of scrap-booking done by the likes of Cecil Beaton or Tim Walker. I have always enjoyed the way these two photographers approach collecting images for prosperity and inspiration in scrap book fashion. These men combine images, paintings, hand drawings, and doodles into their pages. As i flip pages, I can feel like I am seeing into their creative process; peering directly into their subconscious. You can see what I mean in Cecil Beaton: The Art of the Scrapbook (soon to be released by Assouline) or  Tim Walker Pictures .


Beaton revolutionized early fashion photography through the pages of Vogue magazine. He was also renown for his celebrity portraits in the pages of Vanity Fair;  most of today’s celebrity photographers owe a debt to Beaton – from Mario Testino to Nick Knight. His photographs were always elegantly painfully composed – as if the subjects were made out of porcelain. This may seem a strong contrast to his love of scrap-booking but the both are exercises in composition. ImageTim Walker is a master storyteller and I appreciate his use of hand drawings and collage in this book – I often flip through the pages for inspiration (for events, for installations, for the windows I used to do for Holt Renfrew). You need to own this book. It is not his newest tome but I do prefer this one over Tim Walker: Story Teller.

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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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