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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 29 June 2012
This has to be about the largest and heaviest book I had ever purchased, weighing in at around 3.5 Kg or 8lbs!

Its content concentrates upon a galaxy of stars of stage and screen, be they actors, singers or musicians. Even its covers are used to further extend the number of images. Thanks to its extra-large page size, many of its images are displayed full-page and which allows a greater impression than would probably normally be possible. An unusual approach is not to use a glossy paper as you may expect but a slightly textured alternative that feels a little like the silk surface popularly used in photo printing.

Richard Avedon's images were sometimes to be seen in photographic magazines and annuals but more often in prestigious general circulation publications. He was, in many ways, an American equivalent of David Bailey, Terry O'Neill or Patrick Lichfield and was their contemporary. His work included fashion, pop and music idols, advertising, illustration and almost anything else you could name. He worked in black and white and colour with equal ease and was renowned for working with Rolleiflexes, at least at one point in his working life, and the cover image shows that very clearly.

The Rolleiflex was a camera that offered fixed, rather than interchangeable lenses. There were several options including one with a wide angle lens, another with a medium telephoto and a small number of choices of standard lens of either 75 or 80mm; the latter was the Planar as used on the Hasselblad and capable of outstanding performance. In addition to the 6x6cm models using 120 (and later, 220) format film, there was a baby version using 127 film and with images of 4.5x4.5cm. Despite the restrictions imposed by needing three separate cameras if you wanted all three focal lengths, and some did, it is almost unbelievable that so much could be photographically achieved.

There are a great many of his images within and some may be known to many readers as they were often seen. Some may be recognised, but not necessarily as his work. However, recognised or not, the abilities of the photographer were of the highest calibre. The images are often presented here in a larger size than they were previously seen and that can only be of benefit to the reader.

Although sorely tempted to keep the book, and having purchased several others at the same time, I am choosing to return it primarily due to its size and bulk. It is too large for my bookshelf and I do not have a spare coffee table!
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on 16 November 2014
Stunning.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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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on 9 August 2012
Well what can I say. Lovely photos, great reproduction and packaging. Packed to the gunnels with top class photography and an absolute steal at the price :+)
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on 3 December 2013
A great collection from one of the giants of photographic history. Fashion, celebrity and glamour is skilfully intermixed with out-takes and some of Avedons "personal" / street work.
A true tome of a book but one that deserves a place on any photographers bookcase, especially those with an interest in the masters and portraiture.
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