RAIDING THE TIMES: Graydon Carter has tapped T, The New York Times Style Magazine’s senior photo editor Judith Puckett-Rinella to become Vanity Fair’s new photo director. Puckett-Rinella has been T’s senior photo editor since 2005. She succeeds Susan White, who left the magazine in September to become executive director of Trunk Archive, an image licensing company. White left the magazine around the same time that New York Magazine’s Chris Dixon replaced Vanity Fair’s creative director of 18 years, David Harris. Dixon and Puckett-Rinella gives Carter two new arms in his art department and suggests the magazine will have some design changes before long.
“Judith Puckett-Rinella is a fantastic photo editor and a lovely colleague,” T Magazine editor Sally Singer emailed, via a spokeswoman. “She will be missed but we are all excited for her to have such a wonderful new challenge.”
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The Times spokeswoman would not say who Singer planned to use as a successor.
Puckett-Rinella will find herself in a different environment than what she’s seen over the last year at Singer’s T. In an interview on Tuesday with New York Magazine’s The Cut blog, Singer plainly stated what she sees as the difference between her magazine and Vanity Fair: “I don’t want to do the kind of portraiture that involves references to Old Hollywood, or taking people who are glamorous and making them more glamorous in obvious or iconic ways. I feel that that works better in other publications where you have to up the stakes on everything in creative fantasy. I don’t think people come to the Times for fantasy.
“Vanity Fair is about taking glamour from other places and ideas from other places,” she continued. “You go to them for that experience. But I think when you come to the Times, it’s because you think the world is really interesting-looking and the people in it are really interesting-looking, and you just want them to look like themselves.”
Puckett-Rinella starts at Vanity Fair in January.