Richard Avedon - Photographs Evening & Day New York Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    From the Collection of a Fortune 500 Company
    Heritage Auctions, Dallas, 9 June 2010, lot 74010
    Private Collection, Dallas

  • Literature

    Abrams, Avedon: In the American West, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I did the western photos when I was around 60, and I think that — being 60 is different from 30,40,50— you begin to get a sense of your own mortality. I think my aging, the sort of stepping into the last big chapters— was embedded in this body of work. As deeper connection to those people who were strangers.” 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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John Harrison, lumber salesman, and his daughter Melissa, Lewisville, Texas, November 22, 1981

Gelatin silver print, printed 1985.
54 1/2 x 43 3/4 in. (138.4 x 111.1 cm)
Signed and numbered 2/6 in stylus in the margin; signed, numbered 2/6 in ink, title, date, edition and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps on the reverse of the mount. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed in ink by the artist.

$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $87,500

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Photographs Evening & Day

New York 5 & 6 October 2016