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Picture This

| May 22, 2012 | Parties

THE PARTY Interior designer Ruthie Sommers opened her Hancock Park house for the launch of American Beauty, Frank’s first coffee-table book, published by Assouline. THE PLAYERS The book’s author, Genevieve Bahrenburg; Veronica Swanson Beard, Lake Bell, Mary Alice Haney, Jenni Kayne, Bee Shaffer, Lulu Powers, Chiara de Rege, Kimberly Bini THE SCENE A bevy of cool girl guests gathered to toast Frank, a former Vogue staffer, amid rays of light similar to those Frank chased to create the book’s luminous portraits. ONE-ON-ONE WITH CLAIBORNE SWANSON FRANK You and Vogue Photography Director Ivan Shaw discussed shooting portraits. What else inspired you? During John Singer Sargent’s time, you became a woman when you had your portrait painted or taken. It was a rite of passage. I wanted to shoot women as they look, in their environments. What surprised you most about the process? It became a greater conversation with these women, a dialogue about who they are and who they will be. Photos courtesy of Charley Gallay


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