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Avedon Fashion 1944-2000

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Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 encompasses seven decades of extraordinary images by Richard Avedon, the most influential fashion photographer of the 20th century.
This comprehensive volume offers a definitive survey, from Avedon's groundbreaking early photographs for Harper's Bazaar through his constantly inventive contributions to Vogue, Egoiste, and The New Yorker. Each careful
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Hardcover, 372 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Harry N. Abrams
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“No way,” I thought to myself as I read within the first few pages of this book that Avedon was proclaimed by US Camera as “the most controversial figure in photograph” in 1948. Let’s see here: A woman in Paris, flirting with some sailors. A woman on the beach, about to throw a ball. This lady is jumping in a studio - doesn’t Vogue US do that, like, all the time? They’re beautiful pictures, certainly not boring. But how could this be controversial?

Obviously, times changes. But as I read on, I le
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Jaimie
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Most of Avedon's photography books are heavily weighted towards his portraiture work, so I was happy to discover one solely dedicated to his fashion portfolio. Avedon himself may shrug off this work as thematically shallow, but the experimentation that magazines like Harper's Bazaar and Vogue allowed him early on his career to discover his interests, techniques, and strengths that could later be applied to the non-fashion fields. The book clearly shows this evolution by presenting the photograph ...more
Kevin
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of the most complete retrospectives of Avedon's work, with special focus on fashion. The paper has a great satin finish, making the photos really stand out much more than most of the other Avedon photo books. If you have one book on Avedon fashion, this is the one to own.
Hollyann
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Simply Inspiring.
LaLa
A seminal photographer's work laid out all bright and big and clear. also some very helpful essays which guided my eye as i tried to understand what i was seeing.
Lise
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I saw the exhibit at the MFA Boston in November. The exhibit was great, but the book is superior: Up close views of the photos on view, plus many more. Beautifully presented, gorgeous book.
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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 ...more
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