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An intimate biography of Richard Avedon, the legendary fashion and portrait photographer who "helped define America's image of style, beauty, and culture" (The New York Times), by his longtime collaborator and business partner Norma Stevens and award-winning author Steven M. L. Aronson.

©2017 Random House Audio (P)2017 Norma Stevens & Steven M. L. Aronson

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"It's a good time, this book.... [Norma] Stevens is most illuminating in her behind-the-scenes glimpses of [Richard] Avedon's work.... Everyone saw one side of him - but together the testimonials of his assistants, models and lovers add up to a mosaic of the man. The snapshots are affectionate and admiring, and the contradictions in them can give you whiplash." (The New York Times)

"Intimate and dishy in its conversational tone, the book makes you feel as though you are nose to nose trading stories with a vivacious confidant.... It's a saucy meandering from anecdote to anecdote.... Stevens and [Steven M. L.] Aronson have telescoped Avedon's star into much clearer view." (Chicago Tribune)

"Although the bitchier and more salacious anecdotes...will likely earn the book a good deal of attention, the cast of characters is most interesting when discussing Avedon's central struggle: Should he direct his talents to selling the lie or revealing the truth?... The composite portrait that emerges...depicts a frantic, insecure artist consumed by ambition. Testimonies...also reveal a man capable of great generosity and unadulterated joy." (The Wall Street Journal)

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fantastic and love this narrator

wonderful and thorough book with an excellent narrator who is good at keeping it interesting.

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