Personal statement by the photographer, Richard AVEDON
"We are all performing. It's what we do with each other all the time, consciously or unintentionally. It's a way of telling about ourselves, hoping to be as what we want to be." (freely translated, © Richard AVEDON, 1974
Background information, content
"The stars and artists of the performing arts from the second half of the 20th century brought Richard AVEDON their greatest gifts-and sometimes their truest inner selves. More than 200 of them are featured in 'Performance,' a book of photographs already long out of print, many in shots rarely or never before shown.
And of course the Great Stars light the way: Audrey Hepburn and Charles Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. But here, too, are the actors and comedians, pop stars and divas, musicians and dancers, artists in all mediums with public lives that were essentially performances at the forefront of our cultural success. Acclaimed author and critic John Lahr offers an elegant assessment of Richard AVEDON's performance. Four very talented performing arts artists-Mike Nichols, André Gregory, Mitsuko Uchida, and Twyla Tharp-contribute vivid and moving recollections of their collaborations with him." (freely translated, © Abrams, 2008)