Title: Richard Avedon: Portraits
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams / The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Publication Date: 2002
Photo-illustrated paper over boards, in slipcase. Accordion fold, with text on one side and portraits on the other (portraits occupying nearly every panel). Text by Philippe de Montebello, Richard Avedon, Maria Morris Hambourg, and Mia Fineman. Corners gently bumped, else fine; in lightly rubbed slipcase, with small closed tears at the corners. Accompanied an exhibition held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 2002 - January 2003. Near Fine. SOLD WITH: Avedon, Richard. Richard Avedon, Photographer. New York: Marlborough Gallery, 1975. Staple-bound photo-illustrated wraps; pp. 16, reproduces 7 portraits (including covers), with one folding, three-panel image of the Chicago 7. Exhibition catalogue, held September to October 1975. Covers lightly rubbed; folding portrait of the Chicago 7 is detached and laid-in. A typed addenda to the catalogue, on Marlborough stationery, is also laid-in. Very Good+. Bookseller Inventory # D1175
Synopsis: Richard Avedon is one of the most influential photographers of the second half of the 20th century. His portrait work comprises an authoritative record of the era and, as a staff photographer of "Harper's Bazaar" and later for "Vogue", Avedon redefined what a fashion photograph is. With uncompromising directness, Avedon portrayed his subjects against a white background, with no extraneous details to distract from tthe essential specificity of face, gaze, dress and gesture. His work includes mesmerizing images of Truman Capote, Willem de Kooning, Samuel Beckett, Francis Bacon and Marily Monroe, as well as of the uncelebrated Americans of his project "In the American West". Spanning Richard Avedon's entire career, starting from the late 1940s, this volume offers a selection of his photographic portraits. It is published to accompany a major exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
About the Author: Richard Avedon is one of the most influential photographers of the second half of the 20th century. His portrait work comprises an authoritative record of our era. His many books have set a standard for photographic publishing. As a staff photographer for Harper's Bazaar and later for Vogue, Avedon redefined what a fashion photograph is. In 1992 he was named the first staff photographer in the history of The New Yorker.
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