First edition slipcase
|Author(s)||Richard Avedon & Truman Capote|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
|Media type||Print Hardback|
Observations is a collaborative coffee table book with photography by Richard Avedon, commentary by Truman Capote and design by Alexey Brodovitch. It features a slipcase with color, all-capitalized lettering; the book itself is further housed in a clear acetate/glassine slip cover and is printed with the same bold design as the slipcase in black-and-white. Simon and Schuster published the work in 1959 having it printed using the rotogravure method in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Avedon and Capote started collaboration on the book in 1945.
Kerry William Purcell contends the book's design represents the pinnacle of Alexey Brodovitch's book designs.
The book is a sought-after collectors item and typically sells for hundreds of dollars, even when not in ideal condition.