Books: American Gothic

NOTHING PERSONAL by Richard Avedon and James Baldwin. Atheneum. $12.95.

For over a decade, Photographer Richard Avedon's elegant, epicene high-fashion pictures have set the slick tone for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Now it turns out that all along Avedon has been disgusted by the affluent America he celebrates. To register his revulsion, he got together with James Baldwin (who was his old classmate in The Bronx's prestigious De Witt Clinton High School) to plan a work that would "expose the corruption in American life. I am fascinated by decadent faces." Baldwin's brief text is...

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