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  • “There were great models before and after Suzy, but she was something else — a red-headed force of nature, a wolf in chic clothing, the one flesh-and-blood woman in a world of exquisite creatures.”
    —Richard Avedon

    • Provenance

      Gagosian Gallery, New York
      Private European Collection

    • Exhibited

      Avedon: Women, Gagosian Gallery, New York, 1 November - 21 December 2013

    • Literature

      Harper's Bazaar, October 1956
      The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Avedon: Photographs, 1947-1977, pl. 128
      Victoria and Albert Museum, Shots of Style: Great Fashion Photographs, cat. no. 8
      Fraenkel Gallery, Made in France, cover
      Hollander, Richard Avedon, Woman in the Mirror, cover and p. 39
      The Richard Avedon Foundation, Richard Avedon, Photographs, 1946-2004, n.p.

    • 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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Suzy Parker, Evening dress by Dior, Paris studio, August

Gelatin silver print, printed 1981.
40 x 32 in. (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
Signed, numbered 4/25 in ink, title, date, edition, copyright credit, and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

Full Cataloguing

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $63,500

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Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs


Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 11 October 2023