Richard Avedon: In the American West 1979-1984 (Hatje Cantz, 2001)


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






“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.” (







Richard Avedon American West-000

Richard Avedon: In the American West 1979-1984; ed. Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; foreword by Richard Avedon; text(s) by Annelie Lütgens, Laura Wilson; German; 152 pp. with 74 ills.; 24.10 x 29.70 cm