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  • 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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Richard Avedon Portraits

New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003
A book accompanied by a gelatin silver print, Andy Warhol, Artist, New York City, August 14, 1969, printed later.

Quarto
The print 9 1/2 x 7 5/8 in. (24.1 x 19.4 cm)

Book signed and numbered 12/15 A.P. in ink on the title page. Print signed, numbered 12/15 A.P. in pencil and title, date, edition information and copyright reproduction limitation stamps on the verso. Enclosed in gray linen slipcase with printed title. One from an edition of 100 plus 15 artist's proofs.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $11,970

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New York Auction 8 April 2021