Portraits by Angus McBean…where do you start? The Welsh photographer, who died on this day in 1990, left behind such vast quantities of glamorous otherness that a manageable selection must of necessity be a completely subjective choice. I especially love Quentin Crisp’s hommage to his beloved screen sirens, and the charged portrait of McBean’s contemporary and rival Cecil Beaton, who deployed similar visual means to far greater success. But who wouldn’t want to be recommended to eternity in a McBean portrait?
Dress-down Friday: Angus McBean
Coming home?, A star, at last, Homecoming (Luise Rainer)
A medley of extemporanea, “A huge old baby vulture”, Riviera rani, Dress-down Friday: Molly Fink (Cecil Beaton)
On style, Merry Crispmas, A Casati family tree, Crispmas greetings, Strange Flowers guide to London, part 2 and 3, No regrets, Catching up, The Chelsea, Ironfoot Jack on film (Quentin Crisp)