Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004

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In August of 2007, Denmark's renowned Louisiana Museum of Modern Art presented Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004, the first major retrospective devoted to Avedon's work since his death in 2004. This beautifully produced catalogue, designed by the renowned Danish graphic designer Michael Jensen, features deluxe tritone printing and varnish on premium paper. It includes 125 reproductions of Avedon's greatest work from the entire range of his oeuvre-including fashion photographs, reportage and portraits-and ...
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In August of 2007, Denmark's renowned Louisiana Museum of Modern Art presented Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004, the first major retrospective devoted to Avedon's work since his death in 2004. This beautifully produced catalogue, designed by the renowned Danish graphic designer Michael Jensen, features deluxe tritone printing and varnish on premium paper. It includes 125 reproductions of Avedon's greatest work from the entire range of his oeuvre-including fashion photographs, reportage and portraits-and spans from his early Italian subjects of the 1940s to his 2004 portrait of the Icelandic pop star, Björk. It also features a small number of color images, including what must be one of the most famous photographic portraits of the twentieth century, "Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent" (1981). Texts by Jeffrey Fraenkel, Judith Thurman, Geoff Dyer, Christoph Ribbat, Rune Gade and curator Helle Crenzien offer a sophisticated and thorough composite view of Avedon's work to date. All color separations by Robert Hennessey.
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Avedon so successfully transcended the world of fashion photography (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar) that his photography became recognized as artwork. This catalog, published in conjunction with an exhibition touring Europe and the United States through 2009, includes 130 black-and-white and a handful of color reproductions of Avedon's fashion photographs, reportage, and portraits. The subjects of the portraits range from the very famous (e.g., Marilyn Monroe, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Beatles) to the unknown (e.g., "drifters," an oil-well worker, a beekeeper). There are six essays about Avedon's life and his work; curator Helle Crenzien's opening biographical sketch and essays by the book's editor, Holm, and gallery director Jeffrey Fraenkel (Richard Avedon: Made in France) are of special interest. Holm's essay adds context to Avedon's photographs of Ezra Pound and Bob Dylan, while Fraenkel's essay reviews details of a 2002 photo session in which Avedon and fellow photographer Lee Friedlander took portraits of each other. The text adds a new dimension to the individual photographs and to Avedon's work overall. Recommended for public and academic libraries with photography collections.
—Valerie Nye

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788791607493
  • Publisher: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/15/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 12.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Richard Avedon is widely considered one of the most important and influential photographers in history. He was born in New York in 1923, and after studying photography at the New School during the late 1940s, he spent 20 years as a photographer for Harper's Bazaar, creating many signature fashion images that remain recognizable to this day. He also worked for Vogue and contributed to publications such as Look and Life, becoming famous for his original work with portraits of artists, powerful politicians and anonymous subjects in his series, In the American West. His portraits for The New Yorker are among the most iconic of the twentieth century. Avedon died in 2004 after recent exhibitions at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. The Richard Avedon Foundation was established in 2005.

The Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Fraenkel, has established itself as one of the leading photography galleries in the United States by presenting the work of such seminal artists as Diane Arbus, Carelton Watkins and Garry Winogrand. Fraenkel has also produced some of the medium's finest catalogues and books, including Lee Friedlander: The Little Screens, Robert Adams: Turning Back and Richard Avedon: Made in France.

"Judith Thurman is the fashion writer for The New Yorker, and the author of Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2010

    Disappointment

    After years of seeing Richard Avedon's photographs in The New Yorker and seeing a live exhibit, this book was very disappointing. I ordered it on line. Had I seen the book in advance, I would not have purchased it.

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