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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: Made in France

San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, 2001
A book accompanied by a gelatin silver print, Suzy Parker and Gardner McKay, Dress by Balmain, Café des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1956, printed later.

Folio
The print 9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (25.1 x 20 cm)

Book signed and numbered 9/10 A. P. in ink on the last page. Print signed, numbered 9/10 A. P. in pencil, title, date, edition information and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps on the verso. Enclosed in wooden slipcase with printed title. One from an edition of 100 plus 10 artist's proofs.

Estimate
$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $12,600

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New York Auction 8 April 2021