Richard Avedon - Photographs New York Wednesday, April 1, 2009 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Avedon & Brodkey, Avedon Photographs, 1947-1977, pl. 159 & back cover; Bailey & Harrison, Shots of Style: Great Fashion Portraits, cat. no. 7; Fraenkel Gallery, Richard Avedon: Made in France, n.p.; Hall-Duncan, The History of Fashion Photography, p. 137; Harper's Bazaar, American Edition, September 1955, p. 215; Harrison, Appearances: Fashion Photography since 1945, p. 73; Shanahan, Evidence, 1944-1994: Richard Avedon, p. 53; Mazzola, 125 Great Moments of Harper's Bazaar, pl. 3

  • Artist Biography

    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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Dovima with Elephants, Evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'hiver, Paris

Gelatin silver print, printed 1979.
9 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. (25.1 x 19.7 cm).
Signed, numbered 2/100 in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation, edition, title and date stamps on the verso.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $27,500


1 April 2009, 10am & 2pm
New York