William Heinemann is publishing a biography of American fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon by his long-time collaborator and business partner, Norma Stevens, and journalist Steven M. L. Aronson.
Publisher, Jason Arthur, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights for Avedon: Something Personal from Rachel Kind at Penguin Random House US.
In a career that spanned six decades, Avedon is best known for his iconic fashion photography shooting for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. Avedon: Something Personal is described as equal parts memoir, biography and oral history, tracing Avedon’s life from his birth to his death in 2004, aged 81, and including an "intimate portrait" of the Avedon studio itself.
The book also contains often "startlingly candid" reminiscences of Avedon, from Mike Nichols, Calvin Klein, Claude Picasso, Renata Adler, Brooke Shields, David Remnick, Naomi Campbell, Twyla Tharp, Jerry Hall, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bruce Weber, Cindy Crawford, Donatella Versace, Jann Wenner, and Isabella Rossellini, among others.
Publisher Arthur said: "During their long and very close working relationship, Avedon had encouraged Norma Stevens to one day tell the truth about his life. Thankfully for us, Norma and Steven M. L. Aronson now tell his full story. And they tell it brilliantly. Intimate, candid and revelatory, Avedon is a stunning portrait of the man behind some of the twentieth century’s most iconic images."
The title it set to be published on 23rd November 2017.