Avedon, Richard. (1923–2004) [Green, Adolph. (1914–2002) & Newman, Phyllis. (1933–2019)]

"Avedon: Made in France" – Signed and Inscribed to Adolph Green and Phyllis Newman

New York: Fraenkel Gallery [Distributed Art Publishers]. 2001. First Edition, First Printing. Upright folio (12 x 14.25 in). 56 pp, 40 quadratone reproductions.  Limited edition of 5000 copies, this copy signed and inscribed by the eminent American photographer, "For Phyllis and Adolph / with love, / Dick / 2001" to the limitation page opposite inside back cover.  In fine condition.

This major monograph stands as an important rediscovery of a small but central body of work in the career of one of the world’s best known and beloved photographers.  The Richard Avedon images presented here, many for the first time, were made in Paris for Harper’s Bazaar during the 1950s. (fraenkelgallery.com)

Adolph Green was a playwright, performer and lyricist who had a remarkable six-decade collaboration with the equally multi-hyphenated Betty Comden.  The duo co-authored such hit Broadway musicals as On the Town and Bells Are Ringing, as well as the screenplays for Singin' in the Rain and The Band Wagon.  Phyllis Newman won a Tony Award for best featured actress in a musical for Green and Comden's Subways Are for Sleeping just two years after their wedding.  They remained together until Green's death in 2002. Richard Avedon was a close lifelong friend of the couple, having taken their wedding portraits in New York, January 1960.  (20484)

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