Edition : First / New York / Abrams / 1985 / Hardcover. / Near Fine / VG+ Folio, Unpaginated (ca 172pp). Dark tan cloth with pictoral onlay to front and rear with acetate dustwrapper. Numerous Black & White plates. Text in English. Flatsigned by Avedon to FFEP.
Considered by many to be Avedon’s best work, and not without reason. In the American West was a 6-year project that culminated in the exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, and portrayed blue collar westerners in eighties America- ranch workers, roustabouts, bar girls, drifters, and gamblers. “Beginning in the spring of 1979, I spent the summer months traveling in the West, going to truck stops, stockyards walking through the crowds at a fair, looking for faces I wanted to photograph. The structure of the project was clear to me almost from the start and each new portrait had to find its place in that structure. As the work progressed, the portraits themselves began to reveal connections of all kinds- psychological, sociological, physical, familial- among people who had never met.”