Avedon: Something Personal


Something Personal

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ISBN10: 0812994434 ISBN13: 9780812994438 Contributors: Aronson, Steven M. L. Publisher: Spiegel & Grau Published: Nov 21 2017 Pages: 699 Weight: 2.20lbs. Height: 9.55" Width: 6.50" Depth: 1.50" Language: English

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An intimate biography of Richard Avedon, the legendary fashion and portrait photographer who “helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture” (The New York Times) by his longtime collaborator and business partner Norma Stevens and award-winning author Steven M. L. Aronson. Richard Avedon was arguably the world’s most famous photographer—as artistically influential as he was commercially successful. Over the course of six richly productive decades he created landmark advertising campaigns, iconic fashion photographs (as the star photographer for, first, Harper’s Bazaar, then Vogue), groundbreaking books, and unforgettable portraits of everyone who was anyone. He also went on the road to find and photograph remarkable faces across America. As a personality, Avedon outdazzled many of his glamorous subjects. He possessed a mystique so unique it was itself a kind of genius—everyone fell under his spell. But the Richard Avedon the world saw was perhaps his greatest creation: He ruthlessly curated and controlled his own image, yet remained, despite all his exposure, one of the most guarded and private of celebrities. No one knew him better than Norma Stevens, who for thirty years was his business partner andclosest confidante. In Something Personal—equal parts memoir, biography, and oral history, including an intimate portrait of the legendary Avedon studio itself—Stevens and co-author Steven M. L. Aronson trace Avedon’s life from his birth to his death in 2004, at the age of eighty-one, while doing a shoot in Texas for The New Yorker, whose first-ever staff photographer he had become in 1992. The book also contains often startlingly candid reminiscences of Avedon by Mike Nichols, Calvin Klein, Renata Adler, Brooke Shields, David Remnick, Naomi Campbell, Twyla Tharp, Jerry Hall, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bruce Weber, Cindy Crawford, Donatella Versace, Jann Wenner, Isabella Rossellini, and Claude Picasso, among dozens of others. Something Personal is an authoritative, page-turning read about a compelling life creatively lived, by a man who for more than half a century helped shape American fashion, art, and culture. And not unlike Avedon’s own defining portraits, the book delivers the person beneath the surface, in all his touching humanity.

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