AVEDON CAPOTE - OBSERVATIONSSIGNED 1ST. EDITION WITH ORIGINAL SLIPCASE
I'm selling my copy of Richard Avedon's probably most sought-after book - Observations - Designed by Alexey Brodovich and with the famous foreword by Truman Capote on eBay.http://www.ebay.de/itm/161751075102?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649
This copy is in very good condition, considering it's age - published in 1959 - by Simon & Schuster. This is a SIGNED copy with the original slipcase which makes this a rarity and a true collectors item. If You are a collector of classic photo books this is probably one of the 5 most sought after and influential books there is.
This book re-defined portrait and fashion photography and firmly established Avedon as the leading portrait and fashion photographer of his time. This work brings together 2 Titans of American pop-culture, famous writer and novelist Truman Capote and Art Director and Designer Alexey Brodovich. Not long after Capote and Avedon finished their work on Observations, they again collaborated in documenting the story of a brutal murder in Kansas - In Cold Blood.
You can currently find an similar copy for sale at Baumans Rare books for $1.000,- http://www.baumanrarebooks.com/rare-books/avedon-richard-capote-truman/observations/83609.aspx
American photographer Richard Avedon’s first book, ‘Observations,’ was published in 1959. It was included in Andrew Roth’s ‘The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the 20th Century (PPP Editions, 2001), now itself a seminal work on the history of the photographic book.
Having begun to take photographs during the Second World War, where he served in the Merchant Marine, Avedon became chief photographer of ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ in the late 1940s under the watchful eye of Creative Director Alexey Brodovitch. This book is considered by many to be the pinnacle of Brodovich's book designs. Avedon helped redefine and elevate fashion photography to an art form, frequently taking his models out of the studio.
But Avedon’s first book did not focus on his fashion work, but on his iconic and penetrating portraits. In the 150 pages that form ‘Observations,’ with comments by the great American writer Truman Capote, we encounter the likes of Charlie Chaplin, John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Arthur Miller, Pablo Picasso, Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Judy Garland, Igor Stravinsky, Katherine Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Louis Armstrong, Humphrey Bogart, Buster Keaton, and many others.
“Richard Avedon set the standard for portraiture and fashion photography in the second half of the 20th century… His photographs… virtually jump off the page with a signature brand of visual impact” (New York Times). “Observations is the culmination of a creative collaboration between Avedon and Alexey Brodovitch that began in 1945, when the imperial art director hired the 22-year-old photographer… as the youngest member of his team at Harper’s Bazaar” (Roth, 148). Avedon’s “later adoption of a seamless white studio background for most of his fashion and portrait photography was at least partly inspired by Mr. Brodovitch’s characteristic use of ‘white space,’ a means of making the subject seem suspended and weightless on the page” (Times).
Book Condition: Very Good - with minor rubbing on the covers. Very small library sticker on the inside: "From the Library of Roger M. Thayer" Slip Case Condition: Very Good - some rubbing and minor dust soiling . Overall a very good reading copy -- tight, bright and internally clean. I have taken a detail photo of what is the biggest flaw - a tear on the top right corner of the slipcase - probably traces of a removed sticker. This flaw is very common and present on all copies of this book I have seen... #Photography #photoBook #PhotoBooks #Avedon #capote