Richard Avedon - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “Before anyone else it was Munkácsi’s explosive vitality . . . He has an eye for physical energy and for those compositional accidents that happen in photographs where the subjects are really going somewhere. I discovered in Munkácsi’s work my attraction to running, jumping, and flying things.”
    —Richard Avedon

    • Literature

      Harper’s Bazaar, September 1957 (variant)
      Hollander, Richard Avedon, Woman in the Mirror, p. 63
      International Center of Photography and The Avedon Foundation, Avedon Fashion: 1944-2000, p. 93

    • 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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Property of a New York Collector


Carmen, Homage to Munkácsi, Coat by Cardin, Place François-Premier, Paris, August, 1957

Gelatin silver print from Avedon/Paris, printed 1978.
17 3/4 x 14 1/4 in. (45.1 x 36.2 cm)
Signed, numbered 31/75 in pencil, 'Avedon / Paris' portfolio, copyright credit, reproduction limitation, title, and date stamps on the verso.

Full Cataloguing

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,400

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New York Auction 11 October 2023