The work of master photographer Jonathan Becker is—quite simply—sublime, offering private glimpses inside the remarkable lives of royalty, celebrities, artists, writers, activists, and scores of fascinating people around the globe. In capturing their pain, their ennui, their anguish, and their joy, Becker humanizes his subjects, revealing the curiously ordinary side of the extraordinary. Becker’s inclusive eye frames cultural history. His portraits for Vanity Fair—a magazine he has contributed to for more than three decades—tell the haunting, personal stories of loss, memory, and contemplation. The expansive breadth of Becker’s photography chronicles a world in transition, a view of society that is seldom seen. His ability to seize the authenticity of a moment is reflected by his life spent delivering unforgettable, lasting images. The Savannah College of Art and Design is honored to share the world of Becker in A Fashionable Mind: Photographs by Jonathan Becker—the first museum retrospective of his work in more than 30 years—at SCAD FASH, the Savannah College of Art and Design’s museum celebrating fashion and film.
Excerpted from the catalog of A Fashionable Mind: Photographs by Jonathan Becker on view from January 22 to April 1, 2016. Paula S. Wallace is the president and founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Source: Vanity Fair
PAULA S. WALLACE