She began as Richard Avedon’s research assistant, 40 years on and Laura Wilson is perhaps one of the finest American photographers woking today…


Many of you are already familiar with Ted Forbes from The Art of Photography, he has a fantastic channel over on YouTube with a wealth of photographic knowledge to share. Last year Ted crowdfunded an entire series of artist interviews with living photographers for the show. Over the last few weeks, he started releasing one of these each week, the third being his interview with the photographer, Laura Wilson – perhaps one of the finest American photographers woking today.

With a career spanning over 40 years, Laura Wilson is a respected photographer in the art world. She’s published five monograph books. The first three are studies in people: Hutterite communities, small town six-man football and a beautiful study of a Texas rancher. Avedon at Work is a unique documentation of her years as Richard Avedon’s research assistant from 1979 to 1985 on his “In The American West” project.

In 2015, That Day was published as a career retrospective with an accompanying solo exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, TX. She is currently working on two new book projects, Writers and Making Movies. Laura’s three sons have all become well-known movie actors – Andrew, Owen and Luke Wilson.

Watch more of Ted’s videos on The Art of Photography YouTube channel, or by following him on any of the following social channels: TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterest or the Website.

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