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Spring 2004 Newsletter

Photographer, Author Laura Wilson Visits with a Friend


Richard Avedon and Laura Wilson. 2003.

The Ransom Center received world-renowned photographer Richard Avedon and his former assistant Laura Wilson in promotion of the joint UT Press/Ransom Center publication of Avedon at Work, a documentary volume of Wilson's images from Avedon's work on In the American West.

Through Avedon at Work: In the American West, Wilson provides a unique photographic record of Avedon's creation of this masterwork -- the first time a major photographer has been documented in great depth over an extended period of time -- combining images she made during the photographic sessions with entries from her journal to show Avedon's working methods, his choice of subjects, his creative process, and even his experiments and failures.

On November 19, Avedon and Wilson shared an intimate discussion with a captivated overflow audience of 300 people in Jessen Auditorium. The photographers provided personal recollections from their trek across the American west in the early 1980s, and fielded questions from the crowd. The event culminated with a book signing.

Look for Avedon at Work: In the American West at your local bookstore.  

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