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Evidence: 1944-1994 [Hardcover]

Richard Avedon
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April 1994
The definitive account of the life and work of Richard Avedon, to accompany a major retrospective of the photographic work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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  • Hardcover: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; 1 edition (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067940922X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679409229
  • Product Dimensions: 36.6 x 28.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,107,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Chabert
Whether it is in fashion, war photography, portraits or advertizing, The photographs of Richard Avedon contain a touch of genius rarely seen in photography these days.
Evidence 1944-1994 span the career of this extremely talented photographer, from his earliest portraits in the late 40's to his more recent work and include some awesome black in white photos of his father.
This is definitely the book that any student of photography should possess.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful roadmap to Avedon's work 24 Feb 2000
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I'm glad that I own this book but potential buyers should be aware that this is a history of Avedon's work, not a stunning presentation of his photographs. The book contains hundreds of images but most of them are small in size. The images are arranged chronologically with some associated text. The book also contains two essays about Avedon and a detailed bibliography listing press accounts about him. There is also a helpful list of the various books that Avedon has published.
I would recommend his other titles -- "In the American West" for example -- if you want to see the full-size, stunning photographs for which Avedon is famous.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely terrific 21 Jun 1999
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This is a wonderful collection. I have found myself going back to it again and again. I'm not sure Adam Gopnik was such a good choice, although he is a lively writer; but the other New Yorker art critic, Peter Schejhal (sp?) would certainly have been better, as entertaining as Gopnik but more focused and memorable. But this is just a small complaint; overall, I love this book and hope that every library in the world someday owns a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Autobiogarphy in pictures 3 Oct 2007
By A. Francolini - Published on
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You want to see the best of Richard Avedon's photography? Well this is the book for you, no doubt
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and amazing photography 18 Aug 2005
By Cristina D. Rodriguez - Published on
This is a book of photography with great detail. The book shows the photography of the artist as well as the long paragraphs about what the artist was doing during the time that he took the photograph and why he chose to take it in such a manner. The photography of Richard Avedon is showing in a variety of sizes, which is in the manner he would show his photography in a gallery. I think that works very well, because there are parts in the book where certain pages are dedicated to just one photograph. I was fascinated with the timetable of his photography, that actually takes up a fourth of the book, in which is it displayed by photographs of his work as well as his personal life. I enjoy the selection of photographs that are in this book because even though they are all portraits, they are interpreted in so many different ways. Each photograph tells something, either of the photographer or the subject that is being photographed.

The size of the book is very large, but it works perfectly with the subject it is portraying. The photographs are enjoyable in the sense that they can be seen with great detail. I don't think I would have had the same impact from the photographs if they had been placed in a book half its size. I think the only part of the book that could have been somewhat more enjoyable for me as a beginning photographer, would have been to read some information of how the photographer went about taking the photograph and what his preference in photography was. Some of the paragraphs start going into some details about a photograph but then just jump on to the next without giving an ending to the information.

The book in a whole, is a great book and I would recommend. I think that it is a great book to have if you plan on seeing professional photography.
5.0 out of 5 stars In Avedon's photography are the questions America asked itself over and over again in the 20th Century 30 Oct 2013
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In 1994, upon the (more or less) 50th anniversary of his career, New York’s Whitney Museum held a retrospective of the work of the photographer Richard Avedon. This book, with essays by the show’s curator, Jane Livingston, and New Yorker essayist and art critic Adam Gopnik, was the exhibition’s companion piece. And now it’s our best access to that comprehensive overview of the photographer’s work.

Born and raised in New York City where he was co-editor of his high school newspaper with James Baldwin (yes, that James Baldwin), Avedon attended Columbia University when Kerouac and Ginsberg did, dropped out and joined the Merchant Marine during World War II – and only then began taking pictures, launching him on the career that would make him the subject of retrospectives like the one at the Whitney.

But why? Is it merely the longevity, the 50 years captured here that were perhaps the heart of the American century? Is it the celebrities? Is it the fashion? Is it the journalism?

In short, yes.

There’s a complexity to Avedon’s work that is persistent and many-layered and (to read the rest of this review, please visit
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