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John Lahr is Senior Drama Critic of The New Yorker. In 2002, he was the first drama critic ever to win a Tony Award. Mike Nichols is an American Emmy Award, Academy Award, Grammy Award, and Tony Award–winning stage and film director, writer, and producer. André Gregory is an American director and actor. His best-known film appearance was as the title character in My Dinner with Andre. Mitsuko Uchida is a classical pianist, renowned for her recordings of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. Twyla Tharp is a leading American dancer and choreographer.

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  • Series: Pace Gallery, New York: Exhibition Catalogues
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams (October 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810972883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810972889
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.5 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Phillip O. VINE VOICE on June 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A beautiful book, uniquely designed and executed (the book cover unfolds in sections so that it looks like a box) featuring black and white portraits of various entertainers from the past 50 years. A sampling of the subjects featured here include Astaire, Baryshnikov, Bogart, Bacall, Bjork, Brando, Capote, Chaplin, Cher, Dylan, Garland, Hepburn (both Audrey and Katharine), Hitchcock, Joplin, Keaton, Loren, Minnelli, Nurevev, Sinatra, Streisand, and many more. Essays are by John Lahr, Mike Nichols, Andre Gregory, Mitsuko Uchida and Twyla Tharp. Includes "Paparazzi", a satire photographed for Harper's Bazaar in 1962 with Suzy Parker and Mike Nichols, inspired by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo C. Versiani on January 11, 2010
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Avedon is not just a master, not only a creator of a very copied style. In the core of his portraits is the essence of the photographed subjects. Avedon could make it emerge from those persons, and capture it in the perfect moment. All this - added by the fact that most of the subjects are world celebrities - makes Richard Avedon's work a great pleasure to watch.

And it's all about this book. A wonderful luxury edition, very well organized. A no-brainer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marecat on February 18, 2010
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I recently attended the Avendon exhibit here in S.F. The photographs, all in black and white, represented an incredible history of Avendon's work. My favorite section in the exhibit was the "performance" section. There was a photo of Nureyev's foot that I was completely drawn to. There were other performance photo's also. Most of them were in the book of the exhibit...but not the photo of Nureyev's foot. I did find it in this Performance book at the museum, but they only had a display copy. I was lucky to find the book on Amazon. What a delight that the book also had amazing photos of Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland and many other priceless photos. I love this book even more than the exhibit book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt Weems on December 26, 2012
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A collection of work from the fabulous Richard Avedon. As the title states, if you've found your way to this book then you should already know what your in for. Quality photos and excellent printing. Just absolutely stunning collection of images.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Gukhman on August 18, 2009
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It is very difficult to celebrate the best photographer in the world. Conversation can be about, for example, ten or fifteen photographers. But Richard Avedon can be named the first from the first. And I bought Performance: Richard Avedon in spite of the fact that I had already bought Richard Avedon Portratis some years ago. New book is more complete works of R. Avedon. It can be the manual for any photographer and this book may be interesting even at repeated review. There is only one imperfection for me. I would like to have photos of Maya Pliseckaya in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Horacio M. Millán on May 29, 2011
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Excelent value and wonderfull fotographies from a great artist. In october I was able to attend the show of Avedon works at the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston. Of course, I knew his work, but supperficially, and there I could have a complete panorama of his way of looking at the world. This book is focus on other artists, from the performing world, and let's us see the inner feelings of both, Avedon and his subjetcs. Highly recommendable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynngo on January 31, 2013
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The photos of Avedon in this book are iconic, this is such an enjoyable book to own it is a must have coffee table book. It showcases a period of time you can appreciate.
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