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Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
April 3–August 26, 2012

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. Drawn from the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection, the exhibition surveys some of the visual strategies used by photographers to picture the famous from the 1840s to the year 2000.

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