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Richard Avedon: Made in France Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Fraenkel Gallery (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188133712X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881337126
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 11.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,285,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From The New Yorker

These witty, ravishing photographs were taken in the late fifties, when Avedon was still shooting Paris couture for Harper's Bazaar—Suzy Parker, in a Lanvin-Castillo evening dress, bent over a pinball machine at Café des Beaux-Arts; Audrey Hepburn, in Dior, propped up against the bar at Maxim's like a bejewelled fountain pen. Avedon has chosen to reproduce these images not as they first appeared, however, but in facsimiles of the engravers' prints, annotated with grease-pencil scribbles, copyright stamps, and precise, typed labels composed by the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar, Carmel Snow. "A picture in a magazine is a view without a window," Avedon explains. "Here you have the window—the context of production." It was a shrewd decision: the gritty frames at once lend his fantasies a renewed buoyancy and tether them to the familiar. But perhaps the most haunting vision in this volume—an encounter between deaf-mutes and dancers in a strip club—is to be found in an afterword, written by the photographer, which has the dark power of a Flannery O'Connor story.
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker

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…beautifully done and deserve[s] an audience… -- The New York Times Book Review, December 2, 2001–Andy Grundberg

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lady La on July 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a gift shortly after it came out. The photos are absolutely stunning, and I love the "rough" presentation. It really shows Avedon's talent- these photos are all amazing in their raw state. I never get tired of looking at this book, and as tempting as it was as a starving college student to sell it, I never could. I always joked that I'd rather take it with me to my cardboard box under the bridge than ever sell it.

It's just that good a book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fashion Photographer Jerry Avenaim on November 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
No one individual has made such an impact on my career than Richard Avedon. He has embodied everything there is to be sais about fashion and photography with the photograph. This book is no exception.
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9 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ron Cowie on November 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Who gives a ding-dong if Avedon is mining his archives for book material. This stuff is great and I like the way it has been put together. It's a fun, loose design balanced by elegantly composed and seen photographs. Most of his books have been very clean from start to finish. That wouldn't be good for this project.
This work is wet and playful without losing all the good stuff. It's a fresh jelly donut with the perfect ratio of jelly to donut. At no point during the experience does it fall apart and there is goodness in every page. (...)
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