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Behind the Lens with Jonathan Becker

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Photographer Jonathan Becker.

Since the 1970s, photographer Jonathan Becker has produced some of the most iconic images to grace the pages of fashion, art and culture magazines. Now, the lensman is being celebrated with his first museum retrospective in more than 30 years, "A Fashionable Mind: Photographs by Jonathan Becker." 

Featuring more than 60 photographs, "A Fashionable Mind" includes Becker’s work, from portraiture to fashion photography, most of which was curated by André Leon Talley for the SCAD Museum of Art exhibition, which closed earlier this month. Tonight, as part of the opening week celebration, Becker will give a public talk along with former editor of Interview Magazine and Vanity Fair contributor Bob Colacello, at the museum at 7 pm.

Becker, who was a protégé of Brassaï, worked for the iconic and influential photographer in Paris in the 1970s. He credits Brassaï with teaching him how to observe the human character and capture “the light of the soul.” After returning to New York and launching his career at Interview Magazine, Becker quickly began to garner attention for his photography shows and developed into a documentarian at Town & Country magazine (where he worked alongside Slim Aarons) and at Vanity Fair. 

His portraits for Vanity Fair became a magazine staple, as he captured artists, politicians, socialites and other personalities as diverse as Robert Mapplethorpe, Valentino, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Dustin Hoffman, Grace Jones and Martha Graham. 

Becker has also been the subject of four books, and will be featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Bal Harbour Magazine, out next month. 


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