If you've read my recent blogs, you've probably figured out by now that I'm not only a bit of a francophile, but also a huge Avedon fan, so forgive moi, but here comes just one more... On my recent trip to Paris, I also caught the very last day of the Avedon show at the Galerie de Jeu De Paume. Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004
was an awe-inspiring retrospective that showed the photographer's span of work from the beginning of his career to his death in 2004, from his fashion photographs for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, to his portraits in the American West. In case you missed this exhibition, you can check out most of the work shown in his series of books at amazon.com.
But since sadly, the Avedon show is over, so I wanted to share what I happened to pick up when as I was leaving the gallery, a little French magazine called TÃ©lÃ©rama.
In short, TÃ©lÃ©rama is the french "TV guide". It is owned by the country's daily newspaper, Le Monde and it's basic contents are television and radio listings. But every so often the magazine prints theatre, film and book reviews, and this particular edition is what caught my eye as I browsed the bookstore at the Avedon show. The whole issue is dedicated to the famed photographer and his career and work, with articles written by his colleagues and fans in the industry. What really grabbed my attention about this issue is that it is designed almost entirely in bold black and white, with arresting type and white space, that really makes a visual impact. Take a look below and let me know what you think.