New York: Abrams, 1985 Folio, unpaginated (172pp). Dark tan cloth with pictoral onlay to front and rear. A very good copy Avedon's greatest book. In the American West is regarded as an important landmark in 20th century portrait photography, and by some as Avedon's magnum opus. Commissioned by the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, it was a six-year project Avedon embarked on in 1979, that produced 125 portraits -- from people at county fairs, workers at mines and drilling sites, housewives, truck drivers, salesmen, preachers and drifters. Introductory essay by Richard Avedon accompanied by a journal by Laura Wilson, who accompanied Avedon on their travels between 1979 and 1984. The images are curiously reminiscent of Diane Arbus’s work, capturing a weird almost scary aspect to every person portrayed. (Inventory #: 107750)
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