Richard Avedon: In the American West 1979-1984

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Black & White, Classic, Photobook

Richard Avedon traveled for five years, making portraits of ordinary people living and working in the Western United States.

 

“A portrait photographer depends upon another person to complete his picture. The subject imagined, which in a sense is me, must be discovered in someone else willing to take part in a fiction he cannot possibly know about. My concerns are not his. We have separate ambitions for the image. His need to plead his case probably goes as deep as mine, but the control is with me.” Richard Avedon

 

loretta, loudilla and kay johnson, loretta lynn fan club (1983) © richard avedon ## © richard avedon

loretta, loudilla and kay johnson, loretta lynn fan club (1983) © richard avedon

 

craig panike (1981) © richard avedon ## reverend andrew godwin (1981) © richard avedon

craig panike (1981) © richard avedon ## reverend andrew godwin (1981) © richard avedon

 

debbie mcclendon (1981) © richard avedon ## rochelle justin (1980) © richard avedon

debbie mcclendon (1981) © richard avedon ## rochelle justin (1980) © richard avedon

 

ox (1981) © richard avedon ## edward roop (1979) © richard avedon

ox (1981) © richard avedon ## edward roop (1979) © richard avedon

 

“The blank, seamless background thrusts the figures forward as islands of textures of flesh, certainly, but also of cloth. Nothing competes with the presentation of their poor threads, nothing of the personal environment, nothing that might situate, inform, and support a person in the real world, or even in a photograph.” (http://www.americansuburbx.com/2011/01/richard-avedon-richard-avedons-in.html)

 

ronald fischer (1981) © richard avedon

ronald fischer (1981) © richard avedon

 

ruby mercer (1982) © richard avedon

ruby mercer (1982) © richard avedon

 

petra alvarado (1982) © richard avedon

petra alvarado (1982) © richard avedon

 

shawna Callahan (1982) © richard avedon

shawna callahan (1982) © richard avedon


 
Please note: All images and texts are protected by Copyright and belong to the Artist.
 
Richard Avedon American West-000
 
Artist: http://www.theavedonfoundation.net/
 
Publisher: http://www.hatjecantz.de/richard-avedon-1101-1.html
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