Last Updated on 11/22/2017 by Chris Gampat
Richard Avedon’s new biography is now on Amazon
Thirteen years after his passing, we know little about the personal life of Richard Avedon. Yet, he remains the legendary portrait and fashion photographer behind some of America’s enduring images of fashion, beauty, and culture. Finally, we can now have an intimate look into his life and work through Avedon: Something Personal, a biography initiated by his longtime business and closest confidante, Norma Stevens.
Richard Avedon remains an inspiration for today’s photographers, as many seek to be as artistically influential and commercially successful as he was throughout his career. For more than six fruitful decades, he was the photographer behind some of the most iconic fashion photographs, landmark advertising campaigns, and rich volumes featuring his best known portrait work. He pointed his lens not only towards celebrities but also ordinary people, with the goal of creating a picture of the American West.
Naturally, anyone who is fascinated by his work will want to know more about the person behind the curated reputation and composed images. There was no better person to pen the intimate biography of the esteemed photographer than Norma Stevens, who was his business partner and closest confidante for thirty years, and award-winning author Steven M. L. Aronson.
Avedon: Something Personal takes pride in being equal parts memoir, biography, and oral history, with an intimate portrait of the legendary Avedon Studio. It chronicles the compelling full story of Avedon’s life, from his birth to his death in Texas in 2004. The book also includes some personal stories by Mike Nichols, Calvin Klein, Brooke Shields, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Jerry Hall, and many other the celebrities and personalities he worked and became close with.
If you’re an avid collector of Richard Avedon’s books, his biography definitely deserves a space on your bookshelf. Grab a copy of Avedon: Something Personal on Amazon today.