Avedon's France. Catherine Deneuve, Los Angeles, September 1968.

Richard Avedon’s fascination with France is storied, and thanks to the iconic American photographer’s restless quest to capture the world around him, well documented. Avedon’s France brings together a collection of his trademark minimalist portraits, fly-on-the-wall snapshots, carefully-selected interviews, letters and writings (including new material from the Avedon Foundation archives).

From his apprenticeship with mentor Alexey Brodovitch to his illustrious forays into French fashion, and fruitful association with the magazine Egoïste, this lavish volume offers an unprecedented glimpse into the man behind the lens. Uncompromising in his aesthetic and firm in his disregard for the rules, Avedon shook up the status quo and revolutionised the world of photography.

AVEDON’S FRANCE: OLD WORLD, NEW LOOK. Robert Rubin and Marianne Le Galliard. List price £25. Published by Abrams. Photographs by Richard Avedon. Purchase the book on Amazon below.

From France Today magazine.