Richard Avedon (b. 1923) was the editor, with his classmate James Baldwin, of THE MAGPIE, the literary magazine at De Witt Clinton High School in the Bronx. In 1942 he joined the photography department of the U.S. merchant marine. He was a staff photographer at HARPER'S BAZAAR (1951-1965) and VOGUE (1966-1988), and he collaborated with James Baldwin on NOTHING PERSONAL (1964), a book about the civil rights movement. In 1992 he became the first staff photographer at THE NEW YORKER.
Doon Arbus (b. 1945) is the author of ALICE IN WONDERLAND: THE FORMING OF A COMPANY, THE MAKING OF A PLAY, and has written for a number of magazines, including ROLLING STONE and THE NATION. Her thirty-year collaboration with Richard Avedon began with the project that has become this book. She is completing her UNFINISHED NOVEL.
Other books by Richard Avedon:
OBSERVATIONS, with text by Truman Capote (1959).
NOTHING PERSONAL, with text by James Baldwin (1964).
ALICE IN WONDERLAND: THE FORMING OF A COMPANY, THE MAKING OF A PLAY, with text by Doon Arbus (1973).
AVEDON: PHOTOGRAPHS 1947-1977 (1978).
IN THE AMERICAN WEST (1985).
AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY (1993).
EVIDENCE: 1944-1994. (1994).