Richard Avedon - Photographs London Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Europe

  • Literature

    Richard Avedon: Evidence, p. 155; Avedon et Arbus, The Sixties, New York: Random House, pp. 186-187

  • 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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Veruschka, Wrap by Giorgio Armani di Sant'Angelo, New York studio, March

Gelatin silver print, printed 1981.
49 x 59 cm (19 1/4 x 23 1/4 in).
Signed, numbered in ink, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the linen flush-mount. One from an edition of 50.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £18,750


19 May 2011