First edition. Hardback. White cover slightly worn and faintly spotted other wise very good indeed in rubbed and spotted slipcase. From the library of the photographer John Hedgecoe, with his bookplate on endpaper and signature on title page. Codice inventario libreria
Riassunto: Richard Avedon's State of the Union
Avedon and Baldwin’s seminal book brought back to life
In 1964, Richard Avedon, at the time the world’s most famous fashion photographer, and James Baldwin, America’s best-known black writer collaborated on a searing portrait book Nothing Personal. This controversal classic from the Mad Men era explores the contradictions and extremities at the heart of the American experience, and is especially timely in the age of Donald Trump.
Avedon’s subjects range from intellectuals, politicians, former slaves, newlyweds, society ladies, artists, and civil rights activists, shot in his signature formal and graphic black and white, often tightly cropped. The collection is all the more poignant through its direct juxtaposition of specific images, such as the Jewish and gay intellectual Allen Ginsberg placed opposite the American Nazi Party. Avedon’s work with mental asylum patients, shot in a grainy documentary style, is equally harrowing, although he chooses to end Nothing Personal on a hopeful, positive note, with photographs of children and parents bonding together in the Californian ocean.
The photographs are complemented by four untitled essays by Baldwin, a stream of consciousness and critique of a society that he feels is unjust, alienating, divisive, and therefore in the midst of an existential crisis. In a highly personal and pertinent testimony, Baldwin openly writes about his own experience of harassment by a racist policeman on the streets of New York.
Designed by Marvin Israel, Nothing Personal is also an art-directed triumph. An “oversized” book in its own white slipcase, the minimal and striking placement of images and text alike revolutionized the packaging of photography books. This is a meticulous reprint of the original, which has long been out of print, produced in close collaboration with the Richard Avedon Foundation.
A 72-page accompanying booklet features never before seen outtakes, portraits of Avedon at work, correspondence, ephemera, and an essay by Balwin expert and Pulitzer Prize winner Hilton Als. Als traces the making of Nothing Personal and documents the personal and creative relationship between Avedon and Baldwin, who were high school friends in the 1940s.
Nothing Personal’s dark, disturbing vision of America has inevitably divided critics, and Avedon in particular endured some harsh criticism. Some felt that a fashion photographer had no place in dabbling in social commentary, while others found his book to be an elitist statement by New York liberals, unrepresentative of the true feelings of “real” Americans. Sound familiar?
Titolo: Nothing Personal.
Casa editrice: Penguin, 1964
Descrizione libro Dell, New York, 1964. Paperback, 24 cm, unpaged. Ills.: black and white illustrations door Richard Avedon. Very nice photographs. Cond.: goed / good. Codice libro della libreria 74958
Descrizione libro New York: Atheneum, 1964. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. No Jacket. 4 to. Hard cover. No dust jacket. Strong black and white photographs ranging from less than a page to a double foldout. Not paginated. Bound in white paper with silver title panel front and back and black lettering to panel and to spine. Boards are rubbed and lightly soiled, but have an attractive appearance. Spine head is bumped . Spine strip paper is separating for about 4 inches at the top. Slip case is missing. Firm binding. Clean internally with no names or marks. Despite the missing slip case, still a good copy. Seller info: Big Books, box #1. Codice libro della libreria 00134993
Descrizione libro Atheneum Publishers, Lucerne, 1964. First edition. Folio. Black-and-white photographs. Original glazed boards; publisher's slipcase. Published just months after the passage of the Civil Rights, 'Nothing Personal' combined Baldwin's fiery prose with Avedon's photographic record that he described as "some of my best work.". Three small tape repairs and short split to spine, small adhesion on front cover, slipcase separated at joints. Codice libro della libreria 402082
Descrizione libro Dell, 1965. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: Very Good. First Edition. Publisher: Dell, NYC., 1965. First Softcover Edition, First Printing. VERY GOOD+ softcover book in pictorial wraps, as issued. lovely copy. Previous owner embossed stamp at bottom of title page. NOT remainder marked. NOT faded. NOT a book club edition. NOT an ex-library copy. Codice libro della libreria SKU1013510
Descrizione libro C.J. Bucher, Lucerne, 1964. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Poor. No Jacket. No pagination. Includes illustrations. No jacket. Cover very damaged: stains, discoloration, gouges, frays. Cover gone from spine. Endpapers and pages show yellowing, foxing. Front cover separating from book. Codice libro della libreria 000778
Descrizione libro MCCELLAND & STEWART, SWITZERLAND, 1964. HARD BACK WHITE. Condizione libro: FAIR. JACKET: SLIPCASE. RICHARD AVEDON (illustratore). Book Condition: Fair+, general wear, age-toned, lightly soiled covers, small bookplate on inner front board, else, very good. Slipcase Condition: Fair, general wear, soiled age-toned, clear tape on extremities, else, fine. DATE PUBLISHED: 1964 EDITION: Codice libro della libreria 000251
Descrizione libro Atheneum, New York, 1964. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 1st Edition. Folio, unpaginated. White boards with silver inset, black lettering, front and back. 2" crack at head of spine, has affected some pages in beginning of binding. One page is loose at the top (only). No names, no internal markings. SLIPCASE, GOOD PLUS, fully intact. Soiled from fingerprints and rubbing. corners bumped, worn, but not split or broken. Codice libro della libreria 1131104
Descrizione libro Penguin Books, 1964. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. In original slipcase. No marks or bumps to book. Inscription of previous owner on first page. Please contact me if you require further information, scans e.t.c. Codice libro della libreria SKU1025379
Descrizione libro New York: Athenium, 1964. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. No Jacket. 14½ x 10½ inches, not paginated, but about 92 pp. 64 b/w photographs; 2 fold out pages. Bound in glossy white boards with black lettering on silver panels on both front ("nothing personal") and rear ("avedon baldwin") panels; black lettering to spine. Spine a bit darkened; the silver panels show a few small scratches. The paper has cracked along two inches along the upper edge of the rear hinge, but there is no separation. In a slipcase with matching design and the title "avedon baldwin" in grey along the spine. The silver panels of the case show wear, including scratches: about five on the front, two on the rear panel. The case also shows dusting and a scratch four inches in length along the rear hinge, but there is no separation. Weight is 3lbs. Postage may be extra on this item. Codice libro della libreria ABE-2105187120
Descrizione libro Atheneum Publishers, New York, 1964. First Edition. Folio (36.25cm.); original white paper-covered boards stamped in silver and black, matching slipcase; unpaged; chiefly photographic illus. throughout. Boards a bit rubbed and lightly spotted, rear cover starting to split slightly from spine; still, Very Good and sound overall; slipcase a bit worn with small paper flaw from partially removed price sticker, general dust soil, else About Very Good, and better than usual. Essay by James Baldwin accompanied by photographs by Avedon. Codice libro della libreria 32038