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Cecil Beaton
January 14, 1904 - January 18, 1980
Nationality: English
Category: Photographer
Subcategory: English Photographer

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.


San Francisco is perhaps the most European of all American cities.


All I want is the best of everything and there's very little of that left.


Mrs Woolf's complaint should be addressed to her creator, who made her, rather than me.


I can't afford a whole new set of enemies.


On close inspection, this device turned out to be a funereal juke box - the result of mixing Lloyd's of London with the principle of the chewing gum dispenser.


Americans have an abiding belief in their ability to control reality by purely material means... airline insurance replaces the fear of death with the comforting prospect of cash.


More varied than any landscape was the landscape in the sky, with islands of gold and silver, peninsulas of apricot and rose against a background of many shades of turquoise and azure.


What is elegance? Soap and water!


Never in the history of fashion has so little material been raised so high to reveal so much that needs to be covered so badly.


Perhaps the world's second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore.


I have the worst ear for criticism; even when I have created a stage set I like, I always hear the woman in the back of the dress circle who says she doesn't like blue.


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