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Picture of Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Publisher's Description

This book provides a unique opportunity to see an inspiring range of portraits from contemporary photographers selected from thousands of submissions. The works included are not only about the sitters but also reveal the outstanding skill of the photographers, in capturing a moment in time, and convey ing something of the spirit of those photographed. The In Focus display of new works by an internationally renowned photographer will be exhibited alongside those of the finalists. The works are reproduced in the catalogue, together with other well - known examples by the photographer and an interview about his life and work. Fully illustrated in colour throughout, the book also features all the selected entries, comments and insights from the judges and interviews with the prize winners.

Publisher: National Portrait Gallery


This book provides a unique opportunity to see an inspiring range of portraits from contemporary photographers selected from thousands of submissions.
£13.50

Picture of James Ravilious: A Life

Publisher's Description

JAMES RAVILIOUS (1939–99) trained as an artist, like his father Eric, but a Cartier-Bresson exhibition converted him to photography, which he taught himself. In 1972, a move to his wife Robin’s homeland – a very rural, unspoilt part of North Devon – inspired him. It also produced the perfect job: recording daily life in that traditional bit of old England before it was modernised. He devoted himself to this for more than seventeen years. The results, over 75,000 black-and-white negatives in the Beaford Archive, form what Barry Lane, Secretary General of the Royal Photographic Society, called ‘a unique body of work, unparalleled at least in this country for its scale and quality’.

James was a friendly, modest man with a very unintrusive approach. Because of this, and because of the length of the project, he was able to make a uniquely detailed portrait, intimate and sympathetic, of a whole way of life in one small piece of countryside: its landscapes, its seasons, its people, their hardships and their pleasures.

His respect for his subjects is manifest in his work. He never sentimentalised their lives. It was vital to him that his record should be completely honest. But it is not merely social history. It is also the work of someone who composed with the eye of an artist, and who often looked at his world with artists such as Breughel, Claude Lorrain, Thomas Bewick and Samuel Palmer in mind.

Robin Ravilious was closely involved in James’s work from the start, often travelling with him, and working on his books and exhibitions. She shared his love of country life, and understood what inspired him. She has drawn a picture of an engaging, eccentric and gifted man whose warmth and enthusiasm made him friends wherever he went.


Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press

248 pages

Robin Ravilious

Publisher's Description

JAMES RAVILIOUS (1939–99) trained as an artist, like his father Eric, but a Cartier-Bresson exhibition converted him to photography, which he taught himself. In 1972, a move to his wife Robin’s homeland – a very rural, unspoilt part of North Devon – inspired him. It also produced the perfect job: recording daily life in that traditional bit of old England before it was modernised. He devoted himself to this for more than seventeen years. The results, over 75,000 black-and-white negatives in the Beaford Archive, form what Barry Lane, Secretary General of the Royal Photographic Society, called ‘a unique body of work, unparalleled at least in this country for its scale and quality’.

James was a friendly, modest man with a very unintrusive approach. Because of this, and because of the length of the project, he was able to make a uniquely detailed portrait, intimate and sympathetic, of a whole way of life in one small piece of countryside: its landscapes, its seasons, its people, their hardships and their pleasures.

His respect for his subjects is manifest in his work. He never sentimentalised their lives. It was vital to him that his record should be completely honest. But it is not merely social history. It is also the work of someone who composed with the eye of an artist, and who often looked at his world with artists such as Breughel, Claude Lorrain, Thomas Bewick and Samuel Palmer in mind.

Robin Ravilious was closely involved in James’s work from the start, often travelling with him, and working on his books and exhibitions. She shared his love of country life, and understood what inspired him. She has drawn a picture of an engaging, eccentric and gifted man whose warmth and enthusiasm made him friends wherever he went.


Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press

248 pages

£15.29

Picture of The Recent Past

Publisher's Description

In 1972 James Ravilious moved with his wife to North Devon, her childhood home. Soon afterwards he was hired by the Beaford Centre to start a photographic archive recording the landscape and people of the area. This part of Devon clung to its traditional life for longer than many other parts of Britain, and although his photographs were taken as recently as the 1970s or 1980s, they capture a way of life that is vanishing, or has vanished.
 

At first his brief was purely documentary, but his work transcends mere record. By confining himself mostly to a radius of ten miles from his home, he was able to develop an intimacy with his subjects that is rare among photographers. Nearly everyone in this book has a name.


James Ravilious took almost 80,000 photographs for the Beaford Centre, creating an archive that may be unique in its comprehensiveness; but his artistry and empathy also caused it to contain some of the greatest photographs ever taken of rural life in Britain. 


Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press

132 pages

James Ravilious
In 1972 James Ravilious moved with his wife to North Devon, her childhood home. Soon afterwards he was hired by the Beaford Centre to start a photographic archive recording the landscape and people of the area
£27.00

Picture of Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife

Publisher's Description

Who was Vivian Maier? Many people know her as the reclusive Chicago nanny who wandered the city for decades, constantly snapping photographs, which were unseen until they were discovered in a seemingly abandoned storage locker. They revealed her to be an inadvertent master of twentieth-century American street photography. Not long after, the news broke that Maier had recently died and had no surviving relatives. Soon the whole world knew about her preternatural work, shooting her to stardom almost overnight.
 
But, as Pamela Bannos reveals in this meticulous and passionate biography, this story of the nanny savant has blinded us to Maier’s true achievements, as well as her intentions. Most important, Bannos argues, Maier was not a nanny who moonlighted as a photographer; she was a photographer who supported herself as a nanny. In Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife, Bannos contrasts Maier’s life with the mythology that strangers—mostly the men who have profited from her work—have created around her absence. Bannos shows that Maier was extremely conscientious about how her work was developed, printed, and cropped, even though she also made a clear choice never to display it. She places Maier’s fierce passion for privacy alongside the recent spread of her work around the world, and she explains Maier’s careful adjustments of photographic technique, while explaining how the photographs have been misconstrued or misidentified. As well, Bannos uncovers new information about Maier’s immediate family, including her difficult brother, Karl—relatives that once had been thought not to exist.
 
This authoritative and engrossing biography shows that the real story of Vivian Maier, a true visionary artist, is even more compelling than the myth.

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Size: 6 x 9"

352 pages, 30 halftones

Vivian Maier
This authoritative and engrossing biography shows that the real story of Vivian Maier, a true visionary artist, is even more compelling than the myth.
£23.85

Picture of Unseen London

Publisher's Description

London is one of the world’s most photographed cities, so you might think there’s nothing left to see. But you’d be wrong. Through the eyes of 25 contemporary photographers you can venture along hidden canals, around notorious housing estates, through surreal street scenes and deep underground. This is London as it is today, and as you’ve never seen it before.

This illuminating book compiles the work of 25 world-class photographers:

Thom and Beth Atkinson, James O Jenkins, Rut Blees Luxemburg, David Vintiner, Matt Stuart, Janie Airey, Vicky Grout, Ben West, Effie Paleologou, Stephen Leslie, Dougie Wallace, Anton Rodriguez, Simon Norfolk, Mark Sanders, George Georgiou, Andy Sewell, Lorenzo Vitturi, Carl Bigmore, Giacomo Brunelli, Cian Oba-Smith, Johanna Neurath, Lewis Bush, Shahed Saleem and Nick Turpin.

Words by Rachel Segal Hamilton. Rachel is a London-based freelance journalist who has written extensively on photography for The British Journal of Photography, VICE, The Telegraph, The Royal Photographic Society Journal, Professional Photography and others.

Publisher: Hoxton Mini Press

Size: 242 x 186mm

288 pages

Words by Rachel Segal Hamilton
London is one of the world’s most photographed cities, so you might think there’s nothing left to see. But you’d be wrong. Through the eyes of 25 contemporary photographers you can venture along hidden canals, around notorious housing estates, through surreal street scenes and deep underground.
£23.40

Picture of The Perfect Man

Publisher's Description

The award-winning Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel presents her striking latest project, The Perfect Man. With Chaplin’s film Modern Times as a starting point for the book’s narrative structure, De Middel reflects on the peculiar understanding of masculinity in India, through the relationships between man, machine and work.

In India, industrial revolution never really started and never really ended, but western standards,which defined this new perfect working man, were imposed and accepted in a society that already had a very elitist cultural structure. The results were confusing.

De Middel tells the story of Doctor Ashok Aswani, who decided one day to go to the cinema instead of going to work. He saw a Chaplin movie four times, lost his job and started what would become the biggest festival homage to Chaplin in the world. Doctor Aswani would never be the perfect man because the perfect man works for his country’s greatness. The perfect man wakes up early to go to work and waves at his wife from the car as he heads towards the daily traffic-jam that would take him to his office. Charlot would never be the perfect man either.

Publisher:La Fribrica


Size: 210 x 280 mm

176 pages, 
158 images


Language: Spanish—English

Cristina de Middel
The award-winning Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel presents her striking latest project, The Perfect Man.
£33.30

Picture of New Trends in Japanese Photography

Publisher's Description

The volume brings together the works of 13 contemporary Japanese artists.
 
The contemporary Japanese scene is remarkably complex, extremely varied, and even enticing. The fact that it is impossible to define one or more trends is extremely positive: there are so many different fields of research, all explored with equal intensity and with an originality that Western photography so often lacks. And this is another characteristic that makes Japanese images unique. The photographers are able to distance themselves from the weighty legacy of the masters and take up issues related to the changes underway in contemporary society, addressing them in limpid works that can be formally classic yet incisive, raw and essential.

Maiko Haruki, Naoki Ishikawa, Tomoko Kikuchi, Toshiya Murakoshi, Yurie Nagashima, Sohei Nishino, Koji Onaka, Yuki Onodera, Chino Otsuka, Tomoko Sawada, Lieko Shiga, Risaku Suzuki, Ryoko Suzuki, and Chikako Yamashiro belong to a generation of artists who are proceeding in open order and still lack the appropriate support, but are aware of their skills. They are also able to appeal to people’s sensitivity across the board, especially that of the critics and Western public, who seem to have been dulled by redundant aestheticism for years.

Publisher: Skira

Size: 9 1/2 x 11"

Edited by Filippo Maggia
The volume brings together the works of 13 contemporary Japanese artists.
£31.50

Picture of Touching Strangers

Publisher's Description

Now available in a new paperback edition, Richard Renaldi’s Touching Strangers is about the human desire to connect despite our differences.

“Most photographers capture life as it is, but in these strangers, Richard Renaldi shows us humanity as it could be—as most of us wish it would be—and as it was, at least for this one fleeting moment in time.”
 CBS News

“Richard Renaldi is a matchmaker for tense times . . . ”
 New York Times Lens Blog

“Renaldi's unusual photographic formula reveals the unlikely ways the body and the heart can influence each other.”
—Huffington Post

“The viewer can’t help fabricating a story about the subjects’ relationship. We weave narratives around them—who they are, the unlikely tenderness that might exist between strangers. These counterfactuals force us to confront the limits of what we know, from our own experiences, to make up common social interactions.”
 New York Times

Introduction by Teju Cole

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 9 x 11 1/2"

128 pages, 71 four-color images

Richard Renaldi
Now available in a new paperback edition, Richard Renaldi’s Touching Strangers is about the human desire to connect despite our differences.
£17.06

Picture of Instant Stories

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Publisher's Description

Nearly 250 polaroids by film director Wim Wenders, taken over five decades between 1968 and 2017.

Wim Wenders, the distinguished filmmaker and co-founder of New German Cinema, is also a world-renowned photographer. He has exhibited his large-format, panoramic photographs in Paris, Hamburg, Berlin, Bilbao, Sydney, Shanghai, Rome, São Paulo, Moscow, Copenhagen, New York and Düsseldorf. Now, for the first time, this book – published to accompany an exhibition at London’s Photographer’s Gallery – presents his polaroids. Spanning the 1970s to the present day, they feature friends, actors and personal heroes, objects, places, spaces and situations from the everyday life of a travelling filmmaker. Wenders does not order his ‘photographic notes’, as he calls them, by theme, but as stories. They are accompanied by his own texts, short stories and haikus.

Wim Wenders: Instant Stories is a photographic road trip through the life of the artist, from his early travels through America’s cinematic landscapes to the German provinces and beyond.


Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Size: 290 x 245 mm

320 pages

Wim Wenders
Nearly 250 polaroids by film director Wim Wenders, taken over five decades between 1968 and 2017
£36.00

Picture of Self/Portrait Artists’ book (Signed and numbered
)

Publisher's Description

Teresa Eng spent time as an artist in resident in China in 2012 and 2015, observing the rapid development the cities and its surroundings.
In “Self/Portrait”, Teresa presents portraits of Chinese millenials that she approached in a shopping centre alongside one of their selfie from their mobile phone. The portraits, introspective by nature, are lit by the bright LED advertisements. In contrast, each subject’s selfie reveals details of their lives and interests as well as how they want to be seen. “Self/Portrait” speaks of individualisation in a transitioning capitalist society as well as the need to belong.
 
Signed and numbered



Size: 215mm x 265mm


36 pages plus 15 throwouts
, 69 colour images

Housed in a dichroic slipcase


Each with a 8 x 10″ lambda print (signed & numbered), certificate of authenticity and envelope

Teresa Eng
In “Self/Portrait”, Teresa presents portraits of Chinese millenials that she approached in a shopping centre alongside one of their selfie from their mobile phone.
£195.00

Picture of  American Witness | The Art and Life of Robert Frank

Publisher's Description 

From the author of the acclaimed James Brown biography The One comes the first in-depth biography of renowned photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, best known for his landmark book The Americans.

As well-known as Robert Frank the photographer is, few can say they really know Robert Frank the man. Born and raised in wartime Switzerland, Frank discovered the power and allure of photography at an early age and quickly learned that the art meant significantly more to him than the money, success, or fame. The art was all, and he intended to spend a lifetime pursuing it.

American Witness is the first comprehensive look at the life of a man who's as mysterious and evasive as he is prolific and gifted. Leaving his rigid Switzerland for the more fluid United States in 1947, Frank found himself at the red-hot social center of bohemian New York in the '50s and '60s, becoming friends with everyone from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Peter Orlovsky to photographer Walker Evans, actor Zero Mostel, painter Willem de Kooning, filmmaker Jonas Mekas, Bob Dylan, writer Rudy Wirlitzer, jazz musicians Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus, and more. Frank roamed the country with his young family, taking roughly 27,000 photographs and collecting 83 of them into what is still his most famous work: The Americans. His was an America nobody had seen before, and if it was harshly criticized upon publication for its portrait of a divided country, the collection gradually grew to be recognized as a transformative American vision.

And then he turned his back on certain success, giving up photography to reinvent himself as a film and video maker. Frank helped found the American independent cinema of the 1960s and made a legendary film with the Rolling Stones. Today, the nonagenarian is an embodiment of restless creativity and a symbol of what it costs to remain original in America, his life defined by never repeating himself, never being satisfied. American Witness is a portrait of a singular artist and the country that he saw.

Publisher: Da Capo

320 pages

R J Smith
The first in-depth biography of renowned photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, best known for his landmark book The Americans.
£24.29

Picture of You An Orchestra You A Bomb

Publisher's Description

Cig Harvey's third monograph, You An Orchestra You A Bomb, is a vibrant and bold book; possibly her most beautiful to date. It explores the photographer’s relationship with life itself. It is a book about paying attention to and appreciating the fragile present.

You An Orchestra You A Bomb captures moments of awe, makes icons of the everyday, and looks at life on the threshold between magic and disaster. Cig has always experienced the world viscerally but after a traumatic event, a raw heightened awareness of temporary nature of life permeates this new work.

Through breathless moments of beauty, her images propel us to fathom the sacred in the split seconds of everyday. Cig's photographs are interwoven with her intimate poetry in this hauntingly beautiful book.

Sample images

Publisher: Schllt Publishing

Size: 225 x 225 mm

144 pages with approx. 80 photographs in full colour

Cig Harvey
Cig Harvey's third monograph, You An Orchestra You A Bomb, is a vibrant and bold book; possibly her most beautiful to date.
£36.00

Picture of The waiting game II

Publisher's Description

"Txema Salvans’s previous series was also about life in the gaps and at the edges. It showed lone women, probably prostitutes, sitting or standing in very similar landscapes to the ones you see here.

In this book the figures are by water. In the previous book, they are by roads. All are waiting and, in a sense, all are fishing. (It is no coincidence that a slang term for a prostitute is a ‘hooker’).

Photography may be a matter of cold optics and geometry, but it is also invites connection and empathy. Finding the balance is not easy. It is tempting to use the camera merely to objectify and beautify. It is also tempting to use it in a way that pretends to reveal the inner lives of those who are photographed. Salvans resists both. He places himself, and us, on the cusp of beauty and ugliness, knowledge and ignorance, waiting for something else."

Size: 33.5 x 250 mm

Text from David Campany, Gabi Martínez

Txema Salvans
Txema Salvans’s previous series was also about life in the gaps and at the edges. It showed lone women, probably prostitutes, sitting or standing in very similar landscapes to the ones you see here. In this book the figures are by water. In the previous book, they are by roads. All are waiting and, in a sense, all are fishing.
£40.00

Picture of Homing In | B-sides Box Set (Signed)

Publisher's Description

We are happy to announce Todd Hido has produced his 2nd B-Sides Box Set. His new Box Set, Homing In, offers a new glimpse into Hido's highly prolific process and unveils unpublished House Hunting photographs, overlooked images of his muse Khrystyna, and even brand new work made this year from the original set of Twin Peaks.
 
50 individual cards, 47 photographs

Numbered edition of 2000

Size: 3-7/8 x 2-7/8 x 1-1/8" two-piece archival acrylic box

Todd Hido
3-7/8 x 2-7/8 inch cards in a two-piece archival acrylic box
£45.00

Picture of Views of Japan

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Most collectors have their own unique attractions and approaches to the objects of their collecting. This volume features the adventures of Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, two renowned filmmakers who began collecting Japanese photography more than a decade ago, and whose ongoing hunt seems indeed like a Hollywood movie. A memoir about their love of Japanese photography and their experiences collecting it, Views of Japan makes available a selection of rare masterpieces from their extensive collection, along with a personal “script” recounting how they scouted, debated, selected and ultimately acquired many of the works. This was no small undertaking considering the rarity of some of the images, particularly those taken before the 1970s. The result is a distinctly personal presentation of one of the great private collections of Japanese photography in the world.

Publisher: Steidl

Size: 340 x 237 mm

144 pages, 120 images

Edited by Manfred Heiting
This volume features the adventures of Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, two renowned filmmakers who began collecting Japanese photography more than a decade ago.
£67.50

Picture of dumbsaint 01: township

Publisher's Description

Over the course of 2017 and 2018, TIS books is publishing TIS/dumbsaint, a set of three photobook projects for which Raymond Meeks collaborates with a variety of artists and writers.

The first title in the series is township, with photographs by Adrianna Ault, Tim Carpenter, and Meeks, along with a new piece of fiction by Brad Zellar.


Publisher: TIS Books

Size: 200 x 270 mm

86 pages, 61 tritone plates, two 4x6 tritone inserts, 16 page 12cm x 20cm short story insert my brother by Brad Zellar, ISBN 9781943146109

Adrianna Ault, Tim Carpenter, and Raymond Meeks
The first title in the series is township, with photographs by Adrianna Ault, Tim Carpenter, and Meeks, along with a new piece of fiction by Brad Zellar.
£40.00

Picture of TBW Book Series No. 5

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Shortlisted for the Paris Photo / Aperture Foundation PhotoBook of the Year Award 2017

FOUR BOOK SET

Book 1: Mike Mandel - Boardwalk Minus Forty
Book 2: Susan Meiselas - Prince Street Girls
Book 3: Bill Burke - They Shall Take Up Serpents
Book 4: Lee Friedlander - Head

Our fifth Subscription Series gathers four iconic living American photographers to offer entirely new bodies of never before seen work. Reaching back 30 years and beyond, the books feel contemporary through deliberate choices in editing, sequence, and design, while continuing to celebrate their vintage origins. Each artist's vision, while individually experienced, comes together to form a powerful quartet of books.

Mike Mandel - Boardwalk Minus Forty

Created during the artist's time as a student at the San Francisco Art Institute, Boardwalk Minus Forty was one of Mandel's first serious forays into what he jokingly refers to as "real photographs." Known later for his conceptual bodies of work, most notably Evidence, created with fellow artist Larry Sultan in the late 1970's and now regarded by many as one of photography’s most influential photo books, Boardwalk is a rare look back at the foundation the artist was building all along.

Susan Meiselas - Prince Street Girls

Shot during a short period in the late 1970s in New York's Lower East Side, Meiselas developed a close and lasting bond with a group of eleven neighborhood girls, collectively known as the Prince Street Girls. This book is an intimate and sprawling view of the girls’ formative years in an ever-changing city. Meisalas, a highly renowned and respected photographer, works today as a member of Magnum. Her early 1970's work, Carnival Strippers, and her following work in Nicaragua remain seminal photographic achievements to this day.

Bill Burke - They Shall Take Up Serpents

Continuing with Burke's tradition of examining niche American cultures, Serpents pulls us into the surreal, intense, and at times consuming world of coal miners doubling as religious snake handlers by the work-week's end. Here we see Burke building a lyrical narrative connecting the two groups that feels effortless. Known for using a variety of camera and film formats, Burke strings together images that alone might seem out of place but together weave the iconic storytelling the artist has become widely known and respected for.

Lee Friedlander - Head

Spanning 50 years of the artist's work, Friedlander dove into his archives to assemble a collection of images that crystallizes one of his signature shooting motifs. The book oscillates in tone from serious to humorous and back again. With a fluidity that belies the seemingly disparate images, Friedlander reminds viewers of his brilliance as both photographer and master of the bookmaking medium. Head is a fascinating glimpse into the process and approach of one of the world's most important and enigmatic living artists.

Edition of 1000

Size: 8.5 x 10.5"

Mike Mandel, Susan Meiselas, Bill Burke and Lee Friedlander
Shortlisted for the Paris Photo / Aperture Foundation PhotoBook of the Year Award 2017
£115.00

Picture of Duane Michals: Portraits

Publisher's Description

A comprehensive overview of more than a half century of portrait photographs by one of our era’s most influential – and entertaining – artists.

Duane Michals: Portraits presents for the first time a comprehensive look at more than a half century of portrait photos by one of our era’s most significant artists. Michals, long recognized for his influential photo sequences, also is a sought-after editorial photographer for major periodicals. With inventive, improvisational flair, he has documented outstanding creative personalities of our era in portraits that constitute a major and under-appreciated side of his creative legacy. Accompanied by his inimitable, sometimes hilarious, observations and reminiscences, the subjects of the portraits, most not previously seen in book form, include performers such as Barbra Streisand and Johnny Cash; contemporary artists including Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Jasper Johns; outstanding authors like Norman Mailer and John Cheever; ‘old masters’ of modern art including René Magritte and Balthus; and Michals’s probing self-portraits and ‘imaginary portraits’ made by painting on vintage photographs.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Size: 24.5 x 29.5 cm

176 pages

Duane Michals
A comprehensive overview of more than a half century of portrait photographs by one of our era’s most influential – and entertaining – artists.
£31.46

Picture of Avedon: Something Personal

Publisher's Desription

An intimate biography of Richard Avedon, the legendary fashion and portrait photographer who “helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture” (The New York Times), by his longtime collaborator and business partner Norma Stevens and award-winning author Steven M. L. Aronson.



Richard Avedon was arguably the world’s most famous photographer—as artistically influential as he was commercially successful. Over six richly productive decades, he created landmark advertising campaigns, iconic fashion photographs (as the star photographer for Harper’s Bazaar and then Vogue), groundbreaking books, and unforgettable portraits of everyone who was anyone. He also went on the road to find and photograph remarkable uncelebrated faces, with an eye toward constructing a grand composite picture of America.



Avedon dazzled even his most dazzling subjects. He possessed a mystique so unique it was itself a kind of genius—everyone fell under his spell. But the Richard Avedon the world saw was perhaps his greatest creation: he relentlessly curated his reputation and controlled his image, managing to remain, for all his exposure, among the most private of celebrities.



No one knew him better than did Norma Stevens, who for thirty years was his business partner and closest confidant. In Avedon: Something Personal—equal parts memoir, biography, and oral history, including an intimate portrait of the legendary Avedon studio—Stevens and co-author Steven M. L. Aronson masterfully trace Avedon’s life from his birth to his death, in 2004, at the age of eighty-one, while at work in Texas for The New Yorker (whose first-ever staff photographer he had become in 1992).



The book contains startlingly candid reminiscences by Mike Nichols, Calvin Klein, Claude Picasso, Renata Adler, Brooke Shields, David Remnick, Naomi Campbell, Twyla Tharp, Jerry Hall, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bruce Weber, Cindy Crawford, Donatella Versace, Jann Wenner, and Isabella Rossellini, among dozens of others.



Avedon: Something Personal is the confiding, compelling full story of a man who for half a century was an enormous influence on both high and popular culture, on both fashion and art—to this day he remains the only artist to have had not one but two retrospectives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during his lifetime. Not unlike Richard Avedon’s own defining portraits, the book delivers the person beneath the surface, with all his contradictions and complexities, and in all his touching humanity.

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

Size: 6 1/8  x 9 1/4"

720 pages

Norma Stevens and Steven M. L. Aronson
An intimate biography of Richard Avedon, the legendary fashion and portrait photographer who “helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture” (The New York Times), by his longtime collaborator and business partner Norma Stevens and award-winning author Steven M. L. Aronson.


£0.00

Picture of Nothing Personal

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This meticulous reprint of Richard Avedon and James Baldwin’s Nothing Personal explores the complexities and contradictions still at the center of the American experience – especially timely in the age of Donald Trump. Deploying both image and text, Avedon and Baldwin examine the formation of identity, and the bonds that both underlie and undermine human connection. An accompanying 72-page booklet features a fresh essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Hilton Als, and many of Avedon’s unpublished outtakes, correspondence, preliminary layouts and ephemera.

In 1963-64, former high school friends Richard Avedon, at the time one of the world’s most famous photographers, and James Baldwin, best-selling novelist and essayist and a leading literary voice in the American civil rights movement, collaborated on Nothing Personal, a book about the state of life in America.

Avedon’s subjects range from civil rights icons, to intellectuals, politicians, pop singers, patients in a mental institution, and ordinary Americans, all carefully juxtaposed, cropped, and tightly sequenced. Here, the American Nazi Party contends with poet Allen Ginsberg, and a weary General Eisenhower gives way to the sway of Malcolm X. Depleted mental institution patients call out for human warmth, and are followed by the embrace of mother and child.

Baldwin’s four-part essay offers a critique of a society that is disconnected, unjust and divisive, and therefore in the midst of an existential crisis. In a highly personal and pertinent testimony, he writes about his own experience of harassment by a racist police officer in his native New York City. Yet Baldwin, like Avedon, ends his work with the inescapable need for – and power of – love.

Designed by legendary art director Marvin Israel, Nothing Personal is a triumph of minimalism. An oversized book in its own white slipcase, the striking placement of both photographs and text revolutionized the design and packaging of photography books. This is a faithful reprint of the original book, which has been out of print for decades, and was produced with the collaboration of The Richard Avedon Foundation.

Publisher: Taschen

Size: 270 x 360 mm

160 pages

Richard Avedon & James Baldwin
Richard Avedon and James Baldwin’s landmark 1964 book finally back in print
£53.99

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