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Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling


©Stephen Danelian, Quentin Tarantino, Vanity Fair May 1992

I can proudly state that I’ve never missed an Oscar Presentation. I grew up in Los Angeles with the city’s palatable excitement surrounding the celebration of cinema. Oscar statues lined Hollywood Blvd, enormous bill boards promoted the event, bakeries offered Oscar statue cookies, and it all ended with our family gathered around the television, toasting the event and drinking in the red carpet fashions, a legacy that continues on each year. I had the good fortune to attend the Oscars a few times and was giddy with its magic and being in a place where everyone looked like and was, a movie star.

This year Oscar fever begins at the Annenberg Space for Photography on February 8th, the day before the Oscars. VANITY FAIR: HOLLYWOOD CALLING: The Stars, The Parties, and the Powerbrokers is an exhibit dedicated to highlighting the glitz and glamour of Hollywood using iconic Vanity Fair photography–and I’m all in! The exhibition runs through July 26, 2020.


©Justin Bishop, Lady Gaga & Mark Ronson, Vanity Fair April 2019

The exhibition features photographs from Demi Moore’s iconic nude pregnancy cover to over 130 Hollywood legendary photos from photographers Annie Leibovitz, Mark Seliger, Helmut Newton, and many more. Just about every celebrity ever photographed for Vanity Fair over the years.

Spike Lee with his Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for BlacKkKlansman at the VF Oscar Party in Los Angeles, CA, February 24, 2019

©Mark Seliger, Spike Lee, Vanity Fair April 2019

The Annenberg Space for Photography states:

In an age when so many of us devote hours each day to watching images flashing across our screens, there’s value in slowing things down and focusing in on still photographs. In this way, we can more thoughtfully regard the individual instants of art and artifice, as we zoom in on the players and powerbrokers who animate the collective dreamscape we call Hollywood.

Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling features photographic portraiture and multimedia installations that capture the magic and glamour of the film and television industry’s major players from the last four decades. The exhibition is a look at the Hollywood stars, the parties, and the powerbrokers through the distinctive lens of Vanity Fair, and will also display every Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue cover and portfolio, as well as photos from the annual Vanity Fair party on Oscar night.

In this arresting and iconic exhibition – curated by Vanity Fair’s creative development editor David Friend, and the magazine’s former director of photography Susan White – Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling features photographic portraiture and multimedia installations that capture the magic and glamour of the film and television industry’s major players from the last four decades. The exhibition is a look at the Hollywood stars, the parties, and the powerbrokers through the distinctive lens of Vanity Fair – the most widely celebrated journalistic arbiter of Hollywood power and personality.

With 130 photographs and more than 50 photographers, Hollywood Calling will showcase Vanity Fair’s vaunted portraitists, including the magazine’s principal photographer, Annie Leibovitz, as well as Jonathan Becker, Harry Benson, Cass Bird, Ethan James Green, Horst P. Horst, Helmut Newton, Michael O’Neill, Herb Ritts, Collier Schorr, Firooz Zahedi, and dozens more.

The show will also display every Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue cover and portfolio, as well as  photos from the annual Vanity Fair party on Oscar night. Finally, visitors to the exhibit will get an exclusive look at our documentary on the making of the 2020 Hollywood Issue, which takes you behind-the-scenes to see how established and up-and-coming stars get picked for the cover. It is a first-ever glimpse at the process, seen through the eyes of the photographer and the editors, finishing up with a visit to the set to watch it all come together.


©Cass Bird, Michael B. Jordan, Vanity Fair November 2018


©Julian Broad, The Culkin Brothers: Rory (aged 11),


©Peter Hapak, Alfonso Cuaron, Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, 2019


©Sam Jones, Chris Rock, Vanity Fair September 1997


©Peter Hapak, Tom Hanks, Vanity Fair Special Issue, “Awards Extra” December 2019


©Cristina de Middel, Yalitza Aparicio, Vanity Fair December 2018


©Michael O’Neill, Sean Connery and Michael Caine, Vanity Fair April 1999


©Norman Jean Roy, Hilary Swank, Vanity Fair March 2005


©Collier Schorr, Michelle Williams, Vanity Fair September 2018

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©Firooz Zahedi, Jennifer Lopez, Vanity Fair July 1998

Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone & Ellen Barkin  at  Producer Steve Tisch &  Vanity Fair's Oscar Night Party, Mortons,  Los Angeles. March 1994.  Film 94559/25

©Dafydd Jones, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone & Ellen Barkin, Vanity Fair 1999

Regina Hall, Donald Glover, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ava DuVernay, Sarah Jones, Rashida Jones, Lena Waithe, Dr. Ivara Esege, Marianne Jean Baptiste, Angela Bassett, Chimamanda Adichie, Shonda Rhimes, Mark Bradford, DeRay McKesson, Gabrielle Union, Chuck Lightning, Janelle Monao at VF Oscar Party in Los Angeles, CA, March 4, 2018

©Mark Seliger, Movers & Shakers of Color, Vanity Fair 2018

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©Firooz Zahedi, Halle Berry (as Dorothy Dandridge), Vanity Fair July 1999

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