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  • Provenance

    Phillips de Pury & Company, London, ‘Exposure I,’ 22 June 2007, lot 29

  • Literature

    Vogue, 1 January 1969
    Abrams, Avedon Fashion: 1944-2000, pp. 238-239
    Richard Avedon Foundation and Gagosian Gallery, Avedon Women, pl. 79
    Rizzoli, In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine, p. 199
    Santa Barbara Museum of Art, An Eclectic Focus: Photographs from the Vernon Collection, p. 138

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Start with a style and you are in chains, start with an idea and you are free." - Richard Avedon

  • 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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Lauren Hutton, Great Exuma, the Bahamas, October

Gelatin silver print, printed 1980.
17 5/8 x 18 1/8 in. (44.8 x 46 cm)
Signed, numbered 24/50 in ink, title, date, edition and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

$70,000 - 90,000 

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New York Auction 8 October 2015