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Performance: Richard Avedon (Pace Gallery, New York: Exhibition Catalogues)



By: Richard Avedon(Author) John Lahr(Author) Andre Gregory(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Art, Architecture & Photography

Publisher: HNA Books; 01 edition (1 Oct. 2008)

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The original title of the book: Performance: Richard Avedon (Pace Gallery, New York: Exhibition Catalogues)

"Performance" sizzles with the electric charge that passes between a great photographer and an incandescent artist when they share a purpose and a passion. The photographer Richard Avedon had, in his own words, 'a passion for high-definition performance and a faith in the religion of perpetual acceleration'. Or, as critic John Lahr says of Avedon, 'He was ravished by the articulate energy of great performers'. The preeminent stars and artists of the performing arts from the second half of the twentieth century offered Avedon their greatest gifts - and, sometimes, their inner lives.More than two hundred of them are portrayed in "Performance", many in photographs that have rarely or never been seen before. Of course, the great stars light the way: Hepburn and Chaplin, Monroe and Garland, Brando and Sinatra. But here too are the actors and comedians, pop stars and divas, musicians and dancers, artists in all mediums with public lives that were and are essentially performances. The celebrated author and critic John Lahr offers an elegant assessment of Avedon's achievement. Four supremely talented artists from the performing arts - Mike Nichols, Andre Gregory, Mitsuko Uchida and Twyla Tharp - contribute lively and moving memoirs about their collaborations with Avedon. Finally, "Performance" is a remarkable achievement in book-making, from its innovative portfolio binding to the superb quality of its printing.

A magnificent compilation of over 200 photographs, many of them unknown. -- Intelligent Life (The Economist) September 2008

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  • By G. Jones on 22 February 2011

    If you're looking for an inspirational book on portrait photography, look no further. The quality of imagery from Richard Avedon is sublime, and is well matched by the quality of the book itself.

  • By WJ on 27 April 2012

    When it finally arrived... It's a great book, full of amazing images, as you'd expect, from the man himself.It has a great double cover design too, which is just a nice little additional feature. :)A shame the first delivery didn't arrive, blame for that goes to the negligent courier, second time around new courier and delivery was absolutely fine.

  • By Mr S Jackson on 10 February 2013

    Avedon is one of my favourite photographers and this book really does do him justice. It mainly features studio based portraits of; actors, writers, musicians, etc, with the odd page of contact sheets as well (which I personally like). There are plenty of chunks of texts for those who like to read, but this is kept separate from the pictures. The book does not include any of his fashion pictures, which is not a criticism, but just to let you know in case that is what you are looking for.

  • By Tonbo on 15 August 2013

    I couldn't believe how big this book is, it's very luxurious in its quality. Avedon is one of my biggest photographic idols and this book doesn't disappoint. It's a beautiful addition to my photography book collection.

  • By Lopatkin on 3 December 2012

    If you want to have all of his most significant and imposrtant works in one book - buy it immediately!This is really unique - starting from the cover to incredible print quality...

  • By Adam Monaghan on 9 September 2012

    A huge name in photography and this book gives a great view of one part of his work. This is a great price for a book of this size too. A tome you'll go back to again and again.

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