Norma Stevens was Richard Avedon’s business partner for over thirty years. As such, she is uniquely qualified to write this handsome biography, which fills a considerable gap. Dense, detailed and fully seven hundred pages long, it is nonetheless a surprisingly easy read, depicting the six tumultuous decades this highly professional photographer brought to the worlds of advertising, fashion, society and business.
Despite two failed marriages and multiple affairs, Avedon’s legendary discretion in his private life, coupled with the constant curation of his image, resulted in an enormous circle of friends and associates, many of whom are quoted here. Covering his years at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and The New Yorker, and his legendary campaigns for Calvin Klein, this is social history at its florid best.