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7 July 2009,     TORONTO
Vanity Fair portraits exhibit coming to the ROM
Vanity Fair is bringing its exhibit of its portrait photography to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto beginning Sept. 26. Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008, features more than 150 photos from two separate eras: those from the magazine’s early period (1913-1936) and those since the Condé Nast publication’s relaunch in 1983.

Anthony Bruehl's portrait of jazz legend Louis Armstrong from 1935.
Vanity Fair Portraits will be displayed in the Roloff Beny Gallery on Level 4 of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal until Jan. 3, 2010. Its run coincides with the 25th anniversary of the magazine’s relaunch.

This will be the exhibition’s only Canadian stop, and according to William Thorsell, ROM director and CEO, these portraits will be “the centerpiece in an upcoming series of programming on the nature of celebrity.”

“We are delighted to bring Vanity Fair Portraits to the ROM,” Thorsell said in a press release. “Across its history, the magazine has been a barometer of the cultural mood of the time. This exhibition succeeds in channeling a mixture of the bygone days of Hollywood glamour, as well as newsmakers in art, business, politics and sport – all captured by some of the best portrait photographers in history.”

Some of the prominent subjects in the exhibition include Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin and Ernest Hemingway, as well as more modern celebrities such as Madonna to Tom Cruise. Vanity Fair Portraits is curated by Terence Pepper, curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, and David Friend, Vanity Fair’s editor of creative development.
— Laura Godfrey
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