Richard Avedon - A Constant Pursuit: Photographs from the Collection of Ed Cohen & Victoria Shaw New York Thursday, October 4, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, 1999

  • Literature

    Simon & Schuster, Observations: Photographs by Richard Avedon, Comments by Truman Capote, p. 135
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Avedon's Endgame, n.p.
    Whitney Museum of American Art, Richard Avedon: Evidence 1944-1994, pp. 46-47, 140

  • 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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Ezra Pound, poet, Rutherford, New Jersey, June 30, 1958

Gelatin silver print.
6 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. (17.1 x 17.5 cm)
Signed in pencil in the margin; signed, titled 'Ezra Pound', dated, numbered 2/8 in pencil and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $15,000

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A Constant Pursuit: Photographs from the Collection of Ed Cohen & Victoria Shaw

New York Auction 4 October 2018