This list has been developed and continues to be updated in response to the 2017 publication of the book Something Personal, written by Norma Stevens and Steven Aronson, and published by Spiegel and Grau, a division of Random House. Marketed as an “intimate biography” of Richard Avedon written by a former associate (Stevens), Something Personal is so error-filled and problematic with regard to sourcing that the Foundation, which Avedon set up to maintain his archive, including all of his papers, decided that the easiest way to handle the ongoing compiling of incorrect and troublesome information in Something Personal would be to maintain a working list of errors.
Corrections to the errors and supporting documentation can be obtained by registering through this portal. Please provide your name, your email address, your cellphone number, the organization you belong to, and your purpose for accessing this information and we will respond shortly. Additionally, if you are one of the many people misquoted or if you have corrections that you would like added to this list, please include that information in the space provided below.