[Beaton books from my own library.]
About six weeks remain until the V & A's photography exhibition, Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton, opens on February 8 but there is already a lot to explore online. The museum's microsite offers a chance to see the Queen through the eyes of the legendary Vogue photographer during the mid-20th century and to observe Beaton's own artistic evolution from the 40s to the 60s, culminating with his stark-yet-stunning portrait of Elizabeth II sans glittering regalia in the dark Admiral's Boat Cloak. (Admittedly, I have a penchant for Navy coats but I think this portrait is as majestic as the more frequently seen Coronation pictures.)
[The exhibition catalogue, Queen Elizabeth II: Portraits by Cecil Beaton by Susanna Brown, is available now.]
A host of winter workshops and lectures related to photography, craft, and fashion have been organized by the V & A, too. Just a few examples: Portrait Photography with Lucy Williams beginning January 31, Hugo Burnand's evening talk on March 9, and the March 17 study day led by curators -- Cecil Beaton: Photography, Theatre, Fashion & High Society.
[Brianna, 12 years old, New York. Image via Pablove Shutterbugs.]
[Pablove Shutterbug Briana at work with her mentor]
On the other side of the pond, in New York and L.A., it's time to start thinking about budding photogs and Pablove Shutterbugs' winter/spring programs; application deadlines are just around the corner. Regular readers know I frequently mention this innovative eight-week program that offers pediatric cancer patients a chance to find their creative voice. Again, if you're a photographer interested in sharing your knowledge with new students this year, click here to learn about volunteering.