Avedon: Women

This book accompanies the Fall 2013 exhibition of Richard Avedon's photography to be held at Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills. Over his sixty-year career, photographer Richard Avedon was renowned for his distinctive, transformative eye. Women were often his subject, through his fashion work for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue and in his portraiture of both the famous and the unknown. What might have been pictured as prosaic or unattractive through another photographer's lens was presented by Avedon as unconventional, surprising, and sometimes revelatory. Through approximately 120 images, Avedon: Women explores Avedon's unique artistic perspective. The book includes essays by Joan Juliet Buck and Abigail Solomon-Godeau.

-Dynamic unbound format available in three colorful translucent plastic covers, each with a unique image. 
-32 b&w contact prints from the Avedon archives, many previously unpublished
-26 color images- two reproductions of vintage tear sheets and 24 rarely seen color transparencies from the Avedon archives
-1 double gatefold, removable from layouts
-4 Vellum Overlay spreads

About The Author

Joan Juliet Buck is an American novelist, critic, essayist, and editor. She served as editor-in-chief of French Vogue from 1994 to 2001. While a contributing editor to Vogue, Vanity Fair, Traveler and The New Yorker, she wrote two novels, The Only Place to Be and Daughter of the Swan. Currently, she is the consulting editor to Dasha Zhukova's art and fashion magazine, Garage, and writes for W, Harper's Bazaar, and New York Times T magazine. Abigail Solomon-Godeau is Professor Emerita from the University of California, Santa Barbara and now lives in Paris. She is the author of Photography at the Dock: Essays on Photographic History, Institutions, and Practices (1992); Male Trouble: A Crisis in Representation (1997); Birgit Jurgenssen, coauthored with Gabriele Schor (2011); and Rosemary Laing (2012). Her essays on photography, contemporary art, and feminism have appeared in journals such as Afterimage, Art in America, Aperture, Artforum, and October and have been widely translated and anthologized.

  • Publish Date: November 13, 2013
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Category: Photography - Individual Photographers - Monographs
  • Publisher: Gagosian / Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 12 x 15-1/2
  • Pages: 200
  • US Price: $100.00
  • CDN Price: $100.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4281-0


"...Avedon Women, an extraordinary show...many of Avedon's most famous muses that have never before been exhibited. For a photographer who was famously in control, Avedon understood that his best pictues happened when he allowed his subjects to express themselves...moving now as it must have been the momen Avedon clicked the shutter." -W Magazine

"The fashion world has seen its share of incredible photographers, but non have captured the spirit and energy of their subjects the same way Richard Avedon did. As a lifelong fan, trust me when I say the show is a must-see..." -Aerin

"Those who missed the Richard Avedon show Women at Gagosian Gallery Beveryly Hills can find comfort in the companion book showcaing the late photographer's minimalistic yet intimate portraits of women illustrious and unknown..." - Departures