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Avedon at Work: In the American West (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Imprint Series) Hardcover – November 1, 2003

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Reviewed in the 23 April 2004 Times Literary Supplement (nothing quotable).

About the Author

Laura Wilson is a photographer whose previous books are Hutterites of Montana and Watt Matthews of Lambshead. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, the Washington Post Magazine, and London’s Sunday Times Magazine. She lives in Dallas.

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  • Series: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Imprint Series
  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1st edition, edition (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292701934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292701939
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Yasuhiro Nakaoka on January 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I think this is a wonderful book that documents and sheds light on the meaning of Richard Avedon's "In the American West" project. I spent one sunday afternoon becoming totally absorbed into this book and felt like I was there watching and feeling all the emotional things that went on within Avedon and his subjects. The story of Richard Garber made me cry. Much of the subjects suffered some form of tragedy and yet there was something very beautiful, "terrifyingly beautiful" as Avedon would say about them. After reading this book you can really see further into those images Avedon made, and mostly why he chose a particular image over another. Richard Avedon in my opinion is the greatest photographer of all time and I don't think there will be another photographer with his charisma and devotion. My only complaint about the book is that I wanted to experience more stories.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 29, 2004
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The book is a gem. Not only sheds a bit of light into Avedon's technique and working methods, but also brings to life the often sad stories behind the powerful images. Highly recommended. Now, if they would only re-issue the original monograph..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr Aces on August 2, 2005
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I think this book is amazing. The stories really gives you a deeper understanding of why Richard Avendon picked his subjects. Laura Wilson does a great job documenting the step by step shoots of Richard subjects "In the American West". I really felt after reading the stories and looking at the pictures again, it meant so much more. These pictures showed the truth and some of the people in the photos agreed that "It's how I feel".

I recommended this book to anyone, who is looking to find a sence of meaning to their craft as a artist. This book makes to think about yourself, and what you can do to give depth to your work.

I wish other art book would explain the process of their work. Then more people would enjoy what they see instead of brush it to the side.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 20, 2009
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I'm just beginning to really learn more about Avedon; one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. This book, written by Laura Wilson, a fellow photographer who travelled with Avedon around the west for one of his seminal works, offers a small peek into the mind of Avedon.

I must warn you that the insights deal with how Avedon approaches people - there is no technique, no discussion of lighting, nothing technical at all. For me, this is exactly what I wanted from the book. However, if you expecting any of these, you'll want to look elsewhere.

What this book does offer is a wonderful overview of the thoughts behind "In the American West". You begin to feel how Avedon approaches his subjects and how he connects to them. It also gives a feel for the final product came about from both an organic and a very well planned, envisioned if you will, composition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Don Henschel on March 16, 2006
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After seeing the show at the Amon Carter in Ft. Worth, and listening to an incredible talk given by a most knowlegable man there, I ordered three copies of the book. What appears at first to be simple shots of working people, becomes an insightful slice of peoples lives in the American west.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martijn on October 17, 2012
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The book I bought very much acomplished my expectations. What's so interesting of AVEDON AT WORK is the purpose of the book to show something of The American West without romanticising beauty or myths. It's so real that it's like being there but you're not sure if you want to be there. Thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gianni Dal Mas on April 17, 2013
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I'm a big fan of Avedon, and always wandered how he managed the relation with the subjects, how he was approaching them, the distance between the camera, the subject and the photographer.
It's a really good book, with astonishing picture from Avedon assistents.
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