Observations (book)

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Observations
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First edition slipcase
Author Richard Avedon & Truman Capote
Country  United States
Language English
Genre Photography
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
1959
Media type Print Hardback
Pages 151 pp
ISBN n/a
OCLC 1455816

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.

Conception[edit]

Avedon and Capote started collaboration on the book in 1945.

Contents[edit]

Observations contains numerous portraits of famous people of the twentieth century, including Pablo Picasso, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Mae West.

Reception[edit]

Isak Dinesen was initially insulted by Capote's description of her, but forgave him shortly before her death in 1962.[1]

Kerry William Purcell contends the book's design represents the pinnacle of Alexey Brodovitch's book designs.[2]

The book is a sought-after collectors item and typically sells for hundreds of dollars, even when not in ideal condition.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Clarke, Gerald. Capote: a Biography (1998) Carroll & Graff. ISBN 0-7867-1661-4 p. 306-307
  2. ^ Purcell, Kerry William. Alexey Brodovitch (1999) Assouline. ISBN 978-2-84323-116-2 p. 170
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