The Press: The Best and the Rightest: A Souvenir

A police lineup of suspected criminals? Photographer Richard Avedon insists that he did not mean to create that impression with his 1971 collage of officials at the U.S. embassy in Saigon. But his disclaimer does not prevent the mind's eye from leaping to that comparison. Avedon, who spent seven weeks in Viet Nam taking pictures, caught the men who were directing U.S. policy there at a staff meeting. He stood them up against a sheet of white paper and snapped them in twos and threes. Avedon never bothered to have the photo published, but...

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