Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity

 Runs through August 29

The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles
Free, parking $15

Photography’s remarkable propensity to shape visual 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 twentieth century, the proliferation of photography and the transformative power of fame have helped to accelerate the desire for photographs of celebrities in magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and on the Internet.  (Andy Warhol, New York City, Marie Cosindas, American, 1966. © Marie Cosindas)


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