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Avedon by Norma Stevens and Steven M. L. Aronson
Nov 21, 2017 | 720 Pages
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“It’s a good time, this book. There’s a feeling of arriving at a party where everyone is at least two drinks (and who knows what else) ahead of you, and the hostess has you by the arm and is barreling you into the thick of things, talking a mile a minute, catching you up on everyone’s hidden agendas. . . . [Norma] Stevens is most illuminating in her behind-the-scenes glimpses of [Richard] Avedon’s work. . . . Everyone saw one side of him—but together the testimonials of his assistants, models and lovers add up to a mosaic of the man. The snapshots are affectionate and admiring, and the contradictions in them can give you whiplash.”The New York Times

“Intimate and dishy in its conversational tone, the book makes you feel as though you are nose to nose trading stories with a vivacious confidant, your most fabulous friend telling you unabashed and juicy truths. . . . This roomy account fills in the renowned white space surrounding Avedon, a man who curated his reputation as carefully as he did his output, remaining relentlessly private even as he revealed the era’s most incandescent personalities in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, The New Yorker and more. Notably, this book gives these luminaries—including Renata Adler, Mike Nichols, Naomi Campbell, Veruschka, and Twyla Tharp—the chance to speak illuminatingly on the man who captured them on film. It’s a saucy meandering from anecdote to anecdote, the pace set by the steady thump of name-dropping. . . . By the end of these 720 sumptuous pages, Stevens and [Steven M. L.] Aronson have telescoped Avedon’s star into much clearer view.”Chicago Tribune

“Although the bitchier and more salacious anecdotes . . . will likely earn the book a good deal of attention, the cast of characters is most interesting when discussing Avedon’s central struggle: Should he direct his talents to selling the lie or revealing the truth? . . . The composite portrait that emerges . . . depicts a frantic, insecure artist consumed by ambition. Testimonies—especially those by Avedon’s former studio assistants and managers—also reveal a man capable of great generosity and unadulterated joy.”The Wall Street Journal

“[Offers] loads of personal information here to horrify an estate that would prefer to paint an unblemished face on the reputation of the deceased . . . Balancing the disclosure of these secrets, however, the authors dazzle us with stories from models, writers, editors, actors, and friends that attest to [his] electrifying and seductive intelligence. . . . [The book] is huge and packed with entertaining trivia . . . as well as characters seldom encountered in previous books about Avedon. . . . If nothing else, [it] has peeked under the mask worn by its attractive subject.”Collector Daily (Photobooks)

“Capacious and valuable . . . Avedon lived a rich, full life, and a rich, full life has sex, love, food, clarity, contradiction.”HuffPost

Avedon: Something Personal gives you the gossip. Snap!”New York

“If you’re into pop culture, you’ll inhale Avedon: Something Personal.”—Kitty Kelley

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