Synopses & Reviews
"We all perform. It's what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintentionally. It's a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what we'd like to be."
--Richard Avedon, 1974
The preeminent stars and artists of the performing arts from the second half of the 20th century offered their greatest giftsand#151;and, sometimes, their inner livesand#151;to Richard Avedon. More than 200 are portrayed in Performance, many in photographs that have been rarely or never seen before. Of course, the great stars light the way: Hepburn and Chaplin, Monroe and Garland, Brando and Sinatra. But here too are the actors and comedians, pop stars and divas, musicians and dancers, artists in all mediums with public lives that were essentially performances, who stand at the pinnacle of our cultural achievement.
The celebrated author and critic John Lahr offers an elegant assessment of Avedonand#8217;s achievement. Four supremely talented artists from the performing artsand#151;Mike Nichols, Andrand#233; Gregory, Mitsuko Uchida, and Twyla Tharpand#151;contribute lively and moving memoirs about their collaborations with Avedon.
A stunning photography collection from world-renowned fashion photographer Tim Walker, Story Teller
showcases his signature fantastic style with some of the biggest names in fashion and contemporary culture. Walker is one of the most exciting photographers of our time, and his flamboyant styleandmdash;often tongue-in-cheek but always exquisitely executedandmdash;places him in the line of brilliant eccentrics from Cecil Beaton to David LaChapelle. Showcasing 170 photographs through Walkerandrsquo;s most recent work, the book features many A-listers in fashion and Hollywood, including Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter, and Alber Elbaz. The book includes a foreword by Kate Bush, an introduction by writer Robin Muir, and an afterword by Tim Walker.
Praise for Tim Walker: Story Teller:
andldquo;A delight.andrdquo; andmdash;The New York Times
andldquo;Youandrsquo;ll delight in the fashion photographerandrsquo;s visual daydreams.andrdquo; andmdash;DuJour magazine
Selected in andldquo;Guide to coffee table books as holiday gifts.andrdquo; andmdash;Associated Press
andldquo;I canandrsquo;t wait to have his greatest hits in one book.andrdquo; andmdash;W magazine
andldquo;This book will make you stretch your own imagination as well.andrdquo; andmdash;The Denver Post
This monumental survey is the first to do justice to Cecil Beatonandrsquo;s astonishing photographic career spanning six decades, from the 1920s to the 1970s. To create it, Mark Holborn thoroughly explored Beatonandrsquo;s vast studio archive, revealing an artist of extraordinary energy and ambition who made definitive portraits of the leading figures of his time, including Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, and Mick Jagger. Beaton immerses the reader in memorable social and cultural scenes, including the ceremony of the British royal family, the society of the 1920s, the glamour of Hollywood, the drama of World War II, the high artistic bohemia of Paris and London, and the pop royalty of the 1960s.
Holborn contributes an introductory essay, and Annie Leibovitz offers an appreciation of Beaton as a portrait photographer.
About the Author
John Lahr is Senior Drama Critic of The New Yorker. In 2002, he was the first drama critic ever to win a Tony Award. Mike Nichols is an American Emmy Award, Academy Award, Grammy Award, and Tony Awardand#150;winning stage and film director, writer, and producer. Andrand#233; Gregory is an American director and actor. His best-known film appearance was as the title character in My Dinner with Andre. Mitsuko Uchida is a classical pianist, renowned for her recordings of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. Twyla Tharp is a leading American dancer and choreographer.