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Spring 2003 Newsletter

Albert & Ethel Herzstein Foundation's Jewish Literature and Culture Fund Supports the Publication of Avedon at Work


Richard Avedon and his technical assistant Will
shooting "Sitting with the Bee Man."
Photo by Laura Wilson.

"Sometimes I think all my pictures are just pictures of me. My concern is . . . the human predicament; only, what I consider the human predicament may simply be my own."
—Richard Avedon

In the early 1980s, the famed photographer Richard Avedon was commissioned by the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, to photograph the American West. Over the course of eight years, Avedon produced what would become one of the most famous American photographic books of the century, In the American West.

Photographer Laura Wilson of Dallas, Texas, traveled with Avedon as his assistant. While working with him Wilson made good use of her own camera, photographing Avedon at work. Wilson also kept a written journal of the experience. The photographs and journal provide worthwhile insight into the methods of a master photographer and how this significant work was made.

The Ransom Center will publish Wilson's book on Richard Avedon as part of its Imprint Series. Publication is made possible through income derived from the Albert & Ethel Herzstein Foundation's Jewish Literature and Culture Fund and in collaboration with The University of Texas Press. The text will explore the photographic techniques of one of the most important photographers of the Twentieth Century. The book is scheduled for publication in late 2003.  

—Tom Galyean, Coordinator of Development

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