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Nothing personal

Nothing personal / photographs by Richard Avedon and text by James Baldwin.
Avedon, Richard
Köln : Taschen, [2017]

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Additional Authors
  • Baldwin, James, 1924-1987
  • Als, Hilton
  • Israel, Marvin
2 volumes : chiefly illustrations; 37 cm
"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 age of Donald Trump. Avedon's subjects range from intellectuals, politicians, a former slave, newlyweds, preacher Billy Graham, pop singers, 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 bold and deliberate juxtaposition of specific images, such as Jewish gay poet Vilen 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 images of children and parents reveling in the Californian ocean. The photographs are complemented by Baldwin's four-part polemic: a 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. 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, contact sheets, portraits of the authors at work, preliminary layouts, correspondence, ephemera, and an essay by Baldwin expert and Pulitzer Prize winner Hilton Als."--
Uniform Title
Photographs. Selections
Alternative Title
  • Photographs.
  • Avedon Baldwin
  • Title from slip case.
[volume 1] Nothing personal / designed by Marvin Israel ; editorial assistance, Marguerite Lamkin and David Baldwin -- [volume 2] The way we live now / essay by Hilton Als ; all of the visual materials in this book were sourced from The Richard Avedon Foundation archives, including original contacts and contact sheets, unique and edition prints, as well as personal photographs and letters.
Call Number
Sc+ G 18-33
  • 9783836569538
  • 3836569531
Avedon, Richard, photographer.
Nothing personal / photographs by Richard Avedon and text by James Baldwin.
Köln : Taschen, [2017]
Type of Content
still image
Type of Medium
Type of Carrier
Original Version
Volume 1 originally published: New York : Dell, 1964.
Added Author
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987, writer of supplementary textual content.
Als, Hilton, writer of supplementary textual content.
Israel, Marvin, book designer.
Research Call Number
Sc+ G 18-33
JQG 18-557
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