Richard Avedon - Photographs London Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    The Dalai Lama Foundation, Redwood City

  • 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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His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Gyume Tantric Monastery, Kamataka, India, January 6

Gelatin silver print.
46.4 x 58.3 cm (18 1/4 x 22 7/8 in.)
Signed, numbered AP 1/2 in ink in the margin, signed by the Dalai Lama in ink on the recto; signed, numbered AP 1/2 in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation, title, date and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 12 plus 2 artist's proofs.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £11,875

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