Avedon’s France: Old World, New Look

Robert Rubin, Marianne Le Galliard

Exploring Richard Avedon’s fascination with France, Avedon’s France brings together a collection of spectacular photographs; selected interviews, letters, publications, and writings (including new material from the Avedon Foundation archives); and substantive essays by the authors.

In addition to five portfolios of French sitters spanning a lifetime of portraiture, it looks at Avedon’s apprenticeship to his mentor, Alexei Brodovitch; his encounters with French fashion; his idealized version of Paris in the movie Funny Face; his fresh take on the belle epoque in his book on Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Diary of a Century; and his fruitful association with the magazine Egoïste later in his life.

Avedon’s France offers a full account of Avedon’s restless pursuit of new ways of looking at the world, and it reveals a master image maker, a true artist for his time.

Creator Bio

After 25 years as a commodity and currency trader, Robert M. Rubin has devoted himself to writing and curating exhibitions on art, architecture, and cinema. Rubin has been instrumental in preserving and bringing works by Jean Prouvé, Pierre Chareau and Buckminster Fuller to the public eye. He has written about Alexander Calder and Reyner Banham, and is the coauthor, with Olivier Cinqualbre of the Centre Pompidou, of Jean Prouvé: The Tropical House. Most recently, he curated Richard Prince: American Prayer at the Bibliothèque nationale de France and Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact at the Museum of the Moving Image, New York. Rubin divides his time between New York and Paris.

Marianne Le Galliard holds a PhD in art history, which examined the relationship between Jacques Henri Lartigue and Richard Avedon. Currently the archive manager and database developer for the Lartigue Foundation, she also works independently as a scientific researcher for art organizations. She was awarded the 2015–16 Louis Roederer Research Scholarship at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. She resides in Paris.


“Avedon’s France: Old World New Look is, frankly, a joy.” Sunday Herald

Price £25.00
Format Hardback
Publication Date 7 March 2017
Pages 792
Height 191mm
Width 189mm
Illustrations 580 colour and black-and-white illustrations
ISBN-13 9781419726002