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Avedon, Richard (Photographer) & Thurman, Judith (Contributor). MADE IN FRANCE. San Francisco, CA: Fraenkel Gallery/Distributed Art Publishers, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 56 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs, presented as an Artist Book. Avedon's stunningly beautiful homage to France, the country that gave him his big break. Limited Edition of 5000 copies. The first and only edition. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Richard Avedon and Jeffrey Fraenkel: Oversize-volume format. A uniquely oversize book that reproduces the engraver's prints. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and embossed on the linen spine, as issued. Photographs by Richard Avedon. Essay by Judith Thurman, one of the best pieces ever written on the photographer and fashion/lifestyle photography in general. Printed in quadrotone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is outstanding in every respect, reproducing the images and their accompanying notations so uncannily and faithfully it is as if you are looking at the original itself. In publisher's green plastic wrappers. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Richard Avedon's "Made In France". His ground-breaking photographs for French haute couture, the most advanced fashion culture ever conceived, realized, and globalized. "Stands as an important re-discovery of a central body of work in the career of one of the world's best-known and most beloved photographers. The Avedon images, presented here for the first time, were made in Paris for 'Harper's Bazaar' during the 1950's. What is particularly special about this presentation is that the images are being reproduced to the exact scale of the engraver's prints made for Avedon by Master Printer Andre Gremola, are uncropped, on their original mounts, with all of the artist's notations on both front and back. Thus, they provide a remarkable portrait of the working methods of one of the most influential fashion photographers in history. With this body of work, which includes Avedon's iconic 'Dovima with Elephants, Cirque d'Hiver, 1955', Avedon broke radical new ground in the history of photography" (Publisher's blurb). Avedon documented the singular moment during which France, decimated and demoralized by the Second World War, was striving (rather effortlessly, in retrospect) through fashion (and the arts, including photography) to find her voice - and cement her preeminent cultural status. "And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible" (Richard Avedon). An absolute "must-have" title for Richard Avedon collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the Back Page by Avedon. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate, as many copies were. This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online command more than $1000. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with quadrotone plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RICHARD AVEDON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 188133712X. $800.00

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