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Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power Hardcover – October 1, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl & Partners; First Edition edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3865216757
  • ISBN-13: 978-3865216755
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Jones on December 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was shocked when I read the 1-star review, the style the reviewer dislikes is Avedon's signature style, and is what makes the images interesting - Why buy the book than if you don't like that style? The whole concept behind his work is the white-background, so that the viewer is forced to focus on the subject. Avedon has never been about capturing the "moment", but rather about capturing the essence of a person though an up-close portrait.

All of the images are incredibly well reproduced, and having seen them firsthand at the Corcoran Gallery of Art I can attest to the reproduction quality. Avedon does a remarkable job capturing some of the most influential people in the last 50 years, and does so in a way that is truly elegant. The majority of the prints were done using a 8x10 large format camera, and thus the pictures capture an incredible amount of detail.

I highly recommend this book for any serious collector, and especially those who are big Avedon fans.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara R. Wright on March 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I saw the photo exhibit at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, DC. It was amazing! Of course the book was $20 cheaper on Amazon than buying it at the gallery! Hooray Amazon!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lynne somoroff on November 20, 2008
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this is a wonderful book to all of us who lived through the Nixon years. everyone who comes into our homes is facinated by this book, which is all pictures.
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