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For six years, from 1979 to 1984, I worked with Richard Avedon on "In the American West," his landmark series of photographs (twenty of which were published in these pages in September 1985). From Central Texas to the Sierra Nevada, from the Rio Grande to the Canadian border, we searched out subjects who were, in his words, "beautiful in a heartrending way." As he worked toward making his portraits, I focused my camera on him. Here, from my new book, Avedon at Work: In the American West, are some of the people he found compelling and my record of what was going on outside the frame.
In September 1985 this magazine published twenty portraits from Richard Avedon’s landmark “In the American West” series. I worked with the celebrated photographer on those shoots, and I documented the making of many memorable images. Here are five great behind-the-scenes stories.
At the Society of Martha Washingotn’s annual Colonial Pageant and Ball, Webb County debutantes commemorate the Father and Mother of Our Country.