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>Graham Nash

In addition to his celebrated career with Crosby, Stills & Nash, musician Graham Nash, 51, is a photographer who spent 22 rears acquiring the 1,800 images in his collection, part of which he donated in 1990 to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon is one of America’s most insightful photographers. For nearly 50 years his images have intrigued us by giving us a glimpse into the world as he sees it. Renowned as a fashion photographer, he has also focused on his fellow human beings, showing us in all our glory for better or worse. Avedon’s life has always been filled with images, so calling this book An Autobiography—even though it has no text—seems appropriate. From society matrons to the lost souls in a mental institution to the poignant pictures of his dying father, Avedon shows us who and what we are, fellow travelers on this strange trip called life.

I started collecting black-and-white images in 1971—when I bought “Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C.” by Diane Arbus—because I was drawn to the “truth” in photographs. I was eagerly looking forward to this book and was not disappointed. The pages are a panorama of the human experience. I see different moods and facets of myself in many of Avedon’s portraits. He captures our souls and reveals emotion that is both inspiring and moving. (Random House, $100)