Richard Avedon - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, California

  • Literature

    Avedon, An Autobiography, pl. 186
    Avedon, Portraits, n.p. there dated 1975
    Random House, Richard Avedon: Evidence 1944-1994, p. 155

  • Catalogue Essay

    Another print of this image is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

  • 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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Gelatin silver print.
15 5/8 x 15 1/2 in. (39.7 x 39.4 cm)
Signed, numbered 29/50 in ink, copyright credit reproduction limitation, title, date and edition stamps on the verso.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $27,500

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