Another print of this image:
Richard Avedon, In the American West (New York, 2005), rear cover and unpaginated
The photograph offered here comes from the collection of photographer Laura Wilson, Richard Avedon's assistant during the In the American West series. Wilson met Avedon at one of the first planning meetings for the project in 1979, and worked with him for the duration of the six-year project. Traveling each summer with Avedon, she researched locations, planned trips, scouted for sitters, and assisted with the photography.
Avedon's work on the series In the American West resulted in 752 negatives, 123 of which were featured in an exhibition by the same name held at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, in 1985. The negatives for these portraits are held in the museum's archives, and under Avedon's instructions are not to be printed again. The negatives not used to produce prints for the exhibition were destroyed.
According to The Richard Avedon Foundation, this print is one of only four produced in this size format. The other three prints are in the collections of the Amon Carter Museum (one print) and The Richard Avedon Foundation, housed at The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson (two prints). Additionally, there are two smaller engraver's prints in the collection of The Richard Avedon Foundation.
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