Time Exposure
Time Exposure
Time Exposure
Time Exposure
Time Exposure

Time Exposure

£150.00

Cecil Beaton. With Commentary and Captions by Peter Quennell.

B. T. Batsford, Ltd. London. Spring, 1946. Second, revised edition. First published in 1941. Hardback, large octavo; orange cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. viii, 136 pages. Illustrated profusely with black and white photographs. Englsih. 230 x 180mm. 0.5kg. . Very good, in very good dust jacket; light shelf wear to jacket, light wear to forecorners and spine ends, browning and spotting to fore-edges and spine, short 1cm closed to tear to rear lower edge, small tape repairs to verso of lower edge, not price-clipped; spotting to endpapers and page edges, no inscriptions.

Time Exposure is the first retrospective of Beaton's photographs. This second, revised edition was published five years after the first and includes 'over 50 new photographs, bringing the story down to 1945.' There are portraits, fashion photographs and travel shots, several of which are rarely reproduced elsewhere. Peter Quennell, the writer and critic, provides the commentary and captions. In his text, he observes a vanished world, one full of artifice and posture that is mirrored in Beaton's work. The final chapter acknowledges the new outlook brought in by the War. Beaton's portraits of political leaders, and photographs of London's bomb damage, evacuees and the RAF are an abrupt change from the society portraits of the twenties and reflect the new concerns of both the people and the photographer.