Robert Frank, photographer, Mabou Mines, Nova Scotia, July 17

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby’s, New York, 6 May 1987, lot 262

  • Literature

    Avedon, An Autobiography, pl. 33
    Avedon, Portraits, pl. 55
    Random House, Richard Avedon: Evidence 1944-1994, pl. 157

  • Artist Bio

    Richard Avedon

    American • 1923 - 2004

    From the inception of Richard Avedon's career, first at Harper's Bazaar and later at Vogue, Avedon challenged the norms for editorial photography. His fashion work gained recognition for its seemingly effortless and bursting energy, while his portraits were celebrated for their succinct eloquence. "I am always stimulated by people," Avedon has said, "almost never by ideas." 

    Indeed, as seen in his portraits — whether of famed movie stars or everyday people — the challenge for Avedon was conveying the essence of his subjects. His iconic images were usually taken on an 8 x 10 inch camera in his studio with a plain white background and strobe lighting, creating his signature minimalist style. Avedon viewed the making and production of photographs as a performance similar to literature and drama, creating portraits that are simultaneously intensely clear, yet deeply mysterious.

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Robert Frank, photographer, Mabou Mines, Nova Scotia, July 17

1975
Gelatin silver print.
9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (25.1 x 20 cm)
Signed, numbered 15/50 in ink, copyright credit reproduction limitation, edition and title stamps on the verso.

Estimate
$8,000 - 12,000 

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New York Auction 8 October 2015