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Cecil Beaton snippet
Beaton's first camera was a Kodak 3A folding camera. Over the course of his career, he employed both large format cameras, and smaller Rolleiflex cameras. Beaton often photographed the Royal Family for official publication. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was his favourite Royal sitter.
Cecil Beaton
Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton (Jan 14, 1904 Jan 18, 1980) was an English fashion and portrait photographer and a stage and costume designer for films and the theatre.
Educated at Harrow and St. John's College, Cambridge, Beaton picked up photography on his own. He taught himself the tricks of the trade as a young boy, taking the usual pictures of friends and family. At the end of his college career in 1925, he had set up his own successful photography studio.
Beaton is best known for his fashion photographs and society portraits. He worked as a staff photographer for Vanity Fair and Vogue in addition to photographing celebrities in Hollywood.