Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Photography Exhibition: The Getty Museum - Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity

Princess Caroline of Monaco, by Andy Warhol, American, 1983The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, regularly has extraordinary photographic exhibitions. Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity is no exception.

This exhibition will run through August 26, 2012

Photography's remarkable ability to shape identities has made it the leading vehicle for representing the famous. Soon after photography was invented in the 1830s, it was used to capture the likenesses and accomplishments of great men and women, gradually supplanting other forms of commemoration.

In the 20th century, the proliferation of photography and the transformative power of fame helped to accelerate the desire for photographs of celebrities in magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and on the Internet. Drawn exclusively from the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection of photographs, this exhibition surveys some of the visual strategies used by photographers to picture the famous from the 1840s to the year 2000.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area through early August, I strongly suggest you take in this terrific exhibition.

As I travel, I love seeing the work of other photographers as I hope you do. If you know of a new photographic exhibition which you think the Blog should publicize, please contact me.


Liz in LA said...

I was just at this exhibit. It's really good. I recommend it too.

Whitney said...

I was just there. The exhibit is worth visiting the Getty, and they have so much more too.

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