In this remarkable work, the renowned photographer Princess Marianne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn documents more than 60 years of modern history. Enjoying friendships with some of the most exceptional 20th century personalities from the aristocracy, the worlds of politics, film, culture and sport, her perspective is a diverse and fascinating one. Through her gracious and talented lens, we are witnesses to a heady mix of high society weddings, diplomatic receptions, as well as the fast-paced, daredevil world of car racing! Her work also encompasses subtle observations of artists, opera divas, renowned conductors, and show business luminaries. This book examines the artistic underpinnings of Marianne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein's career, exploring how her creative confidence is built on the fundaments of artistic training, an unerring feel for the magic of the moment and a fine talent for composition. Princess Marianne's photographs go far beyond the realms of mere portraiture or a snapshot. With her camera, she blends spontaneity, personality and the atmosphere at that precise instant. The photographs shown here capture infinitely more than just a likeness: they are historical records and - not infrequently - show sensitive and touching insights into her subjects' true natures. Text in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.