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Richard Avedon Portraits
Published to accompany a major Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition, Richard Avedon Portraits celebrates this master photographer's half century of achievement in a portable way. This elegant coffee-table book includes classic Avedon studies of Marilyn Monroe and Truman Capote, as well as portraits of political and intellectual figures. The reproductions are superb.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 17th 2002 by Harry N. Abrams
(first published January 1st 1976)
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Richard Avedon has a preternatural gift for revealing some odd facet of his portrait subjects in every photo he takes. Every page in this book is like its own section of an autobiography, each wrinkle in the subject's face reveals a wealth of experience, of deep sorrows or joys, of a deep respect for the chaotic tumults of life. The most fascinating portrait is the fold-out of Andy Warhol's Factory, a bizarre, detached parade of debauchery. It tries to subvert every societal norm it can in perso ...more
This book is published in a novel accordian format. So you can open the book on one side and there is text with a few pictures, but when you open it from the other side and it's only photographs. You could potentially open the whole book across your living room floor and see all the photographs at once. Pretty cool. I only gave it three stars because, although Richard Avedon's portrait photography is genius, I prefer Leibovitz style of putting her subjects in a setting that tell a story. Avedon' ...more
While I enjoyed the introduction's discussion of the unavoidable photographer and the subject collaboration... the subject looks to present how he perceives himself and the photographer looks to show what he sees. And I do enjoy seeing the pictures of these mostly famous people stripped down to just themselves with little or no hint of their accomplishments or failures. But, overall, I won't remember the majority of these images tomorrow no matter how much intellectual stuff can be written on Av ...more
By capturing American ideals of celebrity, fashion, and beauty in the 20th and early 21st centuries, Richard Avedon helped to establish photography as a contemporary art form. Avedon’s distinct style of portrait photography is nothing short of iconic. While the portraiture of his contemporaries focused on single moments or composed formal images, his stark lighting and minimalist white backdrops d ...moreMore about Richard Avedon...