This book was published on the occasion of Avedon: Women at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, and Davies Street, London, an exhibition featuring the distinctive and transformative images of women that Richard Avedon made over six decades. Ranging from celebrities and fashion models to friends, family, and anonymous females, Avedon’s subjects possess unconventional beauty and formidable intelligence.
Produced in a dynamic, unbound, oversized format, the book is available in three color variations, each with a different cover image, translucent plastic cover, and cardboard box case. The volume contains over 120 of Avedon’s photographs of women from the 1940s through the 2000s, along with reproductions of tear sheets and rarely seen color transparencies from his archives. A contribution by essayist and editor Joan Juliet Buck, “Women of a World,” is based on interviews with subjects about their experiences modeling for Avedon. In her essay “Beyond Beauty,” art historian Abigail Solomon-Godeau considers the unconventional depictions of femininity in the artist’s fashion photography and portraiture.