In the American West. Photographs and foreword by Richard Avedon. Essay by Laura Wilson. Designed by Marvin Israel and Elizabeth Avedon. Harry Abrams, Inc., New York, 1985. 184 pp. Folio. Clothbound with embossed title and spine. Images tipped onto front and back boards. Protective acetate jacket. 113 duotone illustrations with 1 gatefold.
Beginning in 1979, Richard Avedon produced this five year series of portraits of those who characterize the American West. Focusing on the men and women who work at hard, uncelebrated jobs, he photographed ranch workers, bartenders, oil field workers, miners, and rustlers, among many others. An extraordinary book that is certainly one is now acknowledged as one of Avedon's finest.
"The haunting portraits made in this book are among the most powerful that even Avedon has made."--Parr & Badger
Fine-; acetate rubbed; a bit of foxing to upper page edges.