DIANA by Jane Fincher


Portrait of a Princess
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In one of what will undoubtedly be a host of tributes on the anniversary of her death comes a collection of several hundred color photographs of “the people’s princess,” taken by the only female photographer granted access to Diana by Buckingham Palace. Ranging front Diana’s emergence on the scene in 1980 up to the extraordinary events surrounding her funeral, Fincher’s workmanlike photographs serve to remind the viewer both how exhausting Diana’s public schedule was and how uniquely photogenic she was. Ranging from diplomatic receptions to balls to sporting events, the chronologically arranged photos also chart Diana’s emergence as a confident public figure, as well as the deterioration of her marriage (there are some memorable shots of an acutely embarrassed couple at public events, clearly anxious to be away from each other). The most memorable shots are of Diana and her sons; her love for them is almost palpable. Judy Wade, a journalist, sets down Fincher’s carefully diplomatic recollections of Diana and Charles. Those who were fans of the princess and pictorial icon will find this a vivid review. Others may be moved to a contemplation of the peculiar modern fixation with celebrity. (500 color photographs)

Pub Date: Aug. 31st, 1998
ISBN: 0-684-85392-2
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1998


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