Richard Avedon - Photographs Day Sale New York Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    The Famous Photographers School
    The FPS Archives

  • Exhibited

    Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 11 October 2012- 27 January 2013, another print exhibited

  • Literature

    Random House, Richard Avedon: Evidence, 1944-1994, p. 90
    Fashion Photographers Magazine, p. 19

  • Catalogue Essay

    Taken in 1967, Avedon created this photograph when he was a faculty member at the Famous Photographer’s School in Westport. It is accompanied by the original maquette that he fabricated as a guide for his printing technicians so that they could achieve the effect of the multiple exposures that Avedon intended and that we see, here, in the final print. Recently exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, this image shows the creative manipulation and ingenuity that made Avedon a master in the field of photography.

  • 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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Audrey Hepburn, New York, January

Gelatin silver print and original maquette of gelatin silver prints.
Image 15 3/8 x 19 3/8 in. (39.1 x 49.2 cm)
Maquette 16 3/8 x 18 3/4 in. (41.6 x 47.6 cm)

'Please Return to Art Archives' and 'Original Art' stamps on the reverse of the maquette mount.

$40,000 - 60,000 

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Photographs Day Sale

New York 2 April 2015 10am & 2pm