Photographs by Richard Avedon. Text by James Baldwin.
London. Penguin Books. 1964. First edition. British edition. White glossy boards, title to spine and silver square with titles to boards, matching slipcase. [92 pages.] 54 b&w photographs, including 2 folding-plates. 380 x 280mm (15 x 11"). 1.75kg. . English. Very good, in good slipcase; light handling wear to white boards, some soiling to spine, short 4cm split along rear outer hinge at base of spine with very slight loss; no inscriptions; soiling to slipcase, with some wear to edges, a couple of splits along top and bottom edges, original price sticker to rear board plus additional handwritten price.
A first edition of Avedon's classic photobook depicting 1950s America. In Nothing PersonalAvedon moves away from the glitz of fashion photography and presents a series of political portraits documenting the power and the weaknesses of mid-century USA. Portraits of Billy Graham, Allen Ginsberg, Dwight David Eisenhower, Brother Malcom X, Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe, Bertrand Russell, sit alongside William Casby, a black man born into slavery, Members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and a series of images of inmates in an psychiatric asylum. The complementary text is provided by Avedon's high school friend, James Baldwin. Book design by Marvin Israel.
[Parr & Badger. The Photobook Volume I. p.252; Auer. 802 Photo Books. p.435]