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Author: Richard Avedon; James Baldwin; Hilton Als
Publisher: Köln : Taschen, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1964, Richard Avedon, at the time the world's most famous fashion photographer, and James Baldwin, a leading literary voice in the black struggle in America, collaborated on a searing portrait book, Nothing Personal. This controversial classic from the heart of the American civil rights movement explores the contradictions and extremities at the heart of the American experience, and is especially timely in the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Avedon; James Baldwin; Hilton Als
ISBN: 9783836569538 3836569531
OCLC Number: 1065113749
Notes: Book entitled The way we live now / essay by Hilton Als accompanies main book.
In slip-case.
Formerly CIP.
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (black and white) ; 37 cm + 1 book
Contents: Volume 1: Nothing personal / photographs by Richard Avedon and text by James Baldwin. --
Volume 2: The way we live now / essay by Hilton Als.
Responsibility: photographs by Richard Avedon ; and text by James Baldwin.

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This meticulous reprint of Richard Avedon and James Baldwin's searing monograph, Nothing Personal, explores the contradictions at the heart of American experience, juxtaposing subjects from Marilyn  Read more...

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