Beautiful Scraps

Beautiful Scraps


>> Ah, month goes by and another Assouline-published book gets added to the "List of Coffee Table Books to Buy Before I Become Too Old to Carry them With My Arthritis-Induced Hands".  The list is growing of course because somehow things like solo meals at indulgently expensive restaurants, impulse buys at Topshop and duped-buys at beauty counters (I always always fall for new cleansers…) take precedence before beautiful imagery. 

It hopefully stops here.  I'm holding fort to say that I WILL buy their latest slipcased tome… "Cecil Beaton: The Art of Scrapbook", reproducing images from Beaton's scrapbooks for the very first time.

Beaton needs no introduction of course and his imagery certainly speaks volumes all by themselves but with this added slant of scrapbooking, it's even more of a pleasure deciphering his love of the celebrity from his chosen prints and clippings from magazines and newspapers.  The inclusion of his own work is quite telling of perhaps his reflection and analysis of his work. 

There's also a pleasant satisfaction derived from this scrapbook collation, that most creative's influence must come from somewhere, even if we are talking about one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.  Before the insanely beautiful photographs that we know too well, came a series of rough edged scrapbooking and a quick visual notation of ideas that seems vaguely familiar to those of us that are remotely creative, albeit his world and time proffered up some pretty stunning imagery to take notes from… all of which needs soaking up in $250 slipcased, hardback format…










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  1. Kit

    2010-11-09 at 3:26 AM

    I must get that book, Cecil Beaton is one of my fav b/w film photographers of all time 😀

  2. diane

    2010-11-09 at 3:43 AM

    Glimpsing the photo of Peter Lorre, I am reminded of a story his daughter told:
    She was approached by a mugger posing as a cop. He had victimized several girls in her area, but had not been caught yet. Part of his scam started with asking for identification. When she opened her wallet and the mugger saw the photo of her father, he left her alone. She didn’t know how lucky she was until after he was caught and testified. true story.

  3. Penny Dreadful Vintage Clothing

    2010-11-09 at 8:24 AM

    This is another one to add to my wishlist too. Great story from Diane above!

  4. lyrebirdgully

    2010-11-09 at 11:04 AM

    These are fascinating glimpses,Susie. It’s intriguing to see how Mr B has grouped his pics according to like with like. The two “first aid” photos both featuring watches (is one an actual watch ad?) are so quirky; and the paired photos of Maud Gonne and Wanda Landowska are spookily pre-Rapahaelite. And who can rush past Sophia Loren(“the face of the twentieth century”) with her “Barefoot Contessa”-style of scruffy glamour?

  5. edoardo

    2010-11-09 at 1:23 PM

    Lovely post and amzing books!!

  6. WoW! and WoW again!
    Oh dear, you are the best so good! I mean, those snap-shots are really awesome!!!

  7. Laura Connell

    2010-11-09 at 3:56 PM

    Some very cool images, especially the one of Sophia Loren. Those eyes!

  8. remi online

    2010-11-09 at 4:42 PM

    wow i thought i was the only one to keep pictures into a notebook or something, in this days full of computers and internet

  9. Fashionistable

    2010-11-09 at 7:32 PM

    Beaton was a king. It is wonderful to see his scrap books. I need a copy of this. Xxxx

  10. masha

    2010-11-09 at 9:04 PM

    great book. love all the pictures like a big inspiration and the rich research

  11. cinemaquote

    2010-11-10 at 5:27 AM

    hey susie
    we’ve just unveiled a post on sir cecil beaton’s work in cinema, both in costume and production design. please drop by and let us know if you like it.
    do follow us in twitter… also lusting after the assouline scrapbook 🙂

  12. Vidmantas

    2010-11-10 at 12:56 PM

    Most interesting book. Nice snap-shots

  13. roger

    2010-11-15 at 9:21 AM

    Beaton’s archive has been inspiring design for years – see the fabrics he designed which are now available for interiors at

  14. Strongbeads

    2011-05-01 at 7:40 AM

    Great post!

  15. Lunet_Cheap Clipping Paths

    2011-05-04 at 10:06 AM

    some of very few collections , thanks for sharing

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