Cecil Beaton: Truman Capote in Morocco, 1949
Silver gelatin print
Paper size: 8 3/4 x 10 in.
Beaton studio stamps and pencil notations verso.
Corner mounted in 12 x 16 in. window mat.
To say that this image has become iconic is a bit of an understatement. It was reproduced for jacket of The Smiths 1985 single, "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" (they made a practice of using such iconic photos on their records). It appeared again in the GAP's famous "Wore Khakis," ad campaign of the mid-nineties. Robert Heinecken subsequently dissected it in his series of "Sabotaged GAP Ads"
Also included in the recently released, Cecil Beaton: The New York Years.
To many observers the exuberant jette-like leap, the 'jazz hands' and the shirt gathered just-so around the midriff might read as specifically gay. I will leave it to the theorists to explain precisely why this is so and for others to enjoy this singular image.
Some wear along edges and corners; smudge to negative visible upper center.