Nicole Kidman with Tom Cruise at Vanity Fair’s 2000 Oscar Party, West Hollywood, 2000, archival pigment print, 28 x 28 1/2 in. © Jonathan Becker

The Huntsville Museum of Art will present a stunning exhibition featuring photographs by the American photographer Jonathan Becker. Jonathan Becker: Social Work – Four Decades of Movers, Shakers, and Thinkers will be open to the public beginning on October 30.

Martha Graham After her final Onstage Bow, Backstage with Madonna and Calvin Klein, New York City Center, 1990, archival pigment print, 59 x 58 in. © Jonathan Becker

Literate flair, acute visual intuition, love of mischief and spontaneity, and global wanderlust: these are among the hallmarks of the work of American photographer Jonathan Becker. His photography spans four decades and includes iconic portraits of a multiplicity of subjects, often for Vanity Fair.

Becker began contributing to Vanity Fair magazine on the heels of an especially successful solo exhibition in Chelsea in 1981. His portraits featured largely in the pages of the prototype for the magazine’s relaunch in 1983. Becker’s specialty in portraits, photographed by and large on location, soon became a Vanity Fair staple.

Assignments for the magazine have dispatched Becker far and wide – from the Amazonian jungle, for first-encounter photographs of members of the Yanomami tribe, to Buckingham Palace, for the first photographs showing the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles together. Becker’s association with Vanity Fair continues to this day. Becker has also contributed portraits and reportage to Town & Country, The New Yorker, Vogue, W, The Paris Review, and many other publications.

The fascinating exhibition features 45 images of movers, shakers and thinkers taken by Becker between 1976 and 2015, including artists, authors, fashion designers, socialites, Hollywood celebrities, and more.

The exclusive exhibit will be on display in the Huth, Salmon and Boeing I galleries of the Museum from October 30, 2020 – January 24, 2021 and will be included with the general price of admission. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk in the lobby of the Museum or online here. The Huntsville Museum of Art asks that all visitors wear a face mask at all times while inside.