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Richard Avedon: An Autobiography

Publisher: New York: Random House, Inc., and Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York, 1993
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0679409211
Condition: Near Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 106753



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Brown cloth-covered boards with title printed in red and magenta on front cover and spine and tipped-in duotone plate on back cover, with transparent acetate dust jacket. Photographs and text by Richard Avedon. Includes a list of plates, illustrated with thumbnail reproductions, and an index. Designed by Mary Shanahan. Unpaginated (432 pp.), with 284 tritone plates beautifully printed in Italy by Amilcare Pizzi, Milan. 14-1/4 x 11-1/2 inches.


Near Fine (a few light bumps, else Fine), in Near Fine dust jacket (moderate surface wear, 1/2-inch closed tear at the crown of the spine and at the top of the rear fold); missing the publisher's original cardboard shipping box.


From a review in Publisher's Weekly: "In this oversize assemblage of photographs, a loose record of faces, moments and events that have shaped his life, eminent photographer Avedon excels in brutally frontal, stark black and white portraits that strip away pretensions and personas. Ezra Pound, Marilyn Monroe, Louis Armstrong, Rudolf Nureyev, Dorothy Parker, Janis Joplin, Andy Warhol, Samuel Beckett, Malcolm X and Alberto Giacometti are among the luminaries indelibly captured. The juxtapositions of images are often meant to provoke or unsettle. Poet Allen Ginsberg, in a nude embrace with his lover Peter Orlovsky, shares facing pages with dour Henry Kissinger. There are intimate family snapshots, glimpses of the fashion world, documentary photos of the civil rights struggle. Faces of a Colorado meat packer, a Texas trucker, mental hospital patients, Vietnamese napalm victims and corpses in Sicilian catacombs jostle against shots of Isak Dinesen, Gerald Ford, debutantes and rock singers, generating an implicit dialogue about power and powerlessness, fame and illusion. A haunting portrait of our age."