30 Years of Vanity Fair:

Graydon Carter and Jonathan Becker

Wednesday 06 February, 2013
6 - 8pm, $0

New York Public Library, Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42 Street, Berger Forum

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Join Vanity Fair’s legendary Editor in Chief, Graydon Carter and iconic society photographer Jonathan Becker for an evening of personal conversation in celebration of Jonathan Becker: 30 Years at Vanity Fair.

For the first-time ever, Carter and Becker go beyond the pages of Vanity Fair and share their behind-the-scenes conversations that led to capturing of the world’s most scintillating characters and personalities from the worlds of art, literature, politics, pop-culture and society. From Becker's mentorships with Brassai and Slim Aarons to leading the revival of Vanity Fair, listen as old-time collaborators and friends discuss the daring assignments, the landmark headlines, the 30-years of unforgettable moments from one of photography's intriguing and celebrated legends.

Assignments for the magazine have dispatched Becker far and wide—from the Amazonian jungle, for first encounter photographs of members of the Yanomami tribe, to Buckingham Palace, for the first photographs showing the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles together. Over three decades with Vanity Fair, Jonathan Becker has photographed some of the most fascinating characters from the rarefied worlds of art, literature, politics, pop culture, and society, capturing the personality and individuality of his celebrity subjects often unseen through other lenses.

Jonathan Becker grew up in New York and lived in Paris in the 1970s, mentored by the legendary photographer Brassaï. He began his career at Interview, and honed his journalistic portrait photography working with Slim Aarons and Frank Zachary at Town & Country in the 1980s. His photographs became a staple at Vanity Fair after its relaunch in 1982, and he has been a contributing photographer for the magazine since 1990. Becker has also contributed his portraits extensively at Vogue, The New Yorker, and many major magazines. His other books for Assouline are Bright Young Things New York (2002) and Bright Young Things London (2002). Graydon Carter has been the editor of Vanity Fair since July 1992 and has won every award a magazine editor can win. Prior to joining Vanity Fair, Carter was editor of The New York Observer from 1991 to 1992. He came to that newspaper from Spy magazine, which he co-founded in 1986. During Carter's five-year tenure as co-editor, Spy increased its circulation six fold and received two National Magazine Award nominations. He worked as a staff writer for Time for five years, covering business, law, and entertainment before joining Life as a staff writer in 1983. He lives in Manhattan with one of his five children.
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