Sunny Harnett and Alla, Evening dresses by Balmain, Casino, Le Touquet, August

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  • Provenance

    Jerome Zodo Gallery, London

  • Literature

    Harper's Bazaar, September 1954, p. 206
    Avedon: Photographs, 1947-1977, New York: FSG, 1978, pl. 29
    Avedon Fashion: 1944-2000, New York: Abrams, 2009, pp. 124-125

  • 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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Sunny Harnett and Alla, Evening dresses by Balmain, Casino, Le Touquet, August

1954
Gelatin silver print, printed later.
40 x 59.2 cm (15 3/4 x 23 1/4 in.)
Signed, numbered 2/25 in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation, title and date stamps on the verso.

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 

sold for £27,500

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London Auction 16 May 2019