Richard Avedon - Photographs London Monday, November 17, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the Richard Avedon Foundation, New York
    Private Collection
    Christie's, Paris, 12 November 2011, lot 165

  • Literature

    Avedon: Photographs, 1947-1977, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1978, pl. 29
    Avedon Fashion: 1944-2000, New York: ICP/ Abrams, 2009, pp. 124-125
    Harper's Bazaar, September 1954, p. 206

  • 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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Sunny Harnett and Alla, Evening dresses by Balmain, Casino, Le Touquet, August

Gelatin silver print, printed 1997.
40.2 x 59.6 cm (15 7/8 x 23 1/2 in.)
Signed, numbered 12/25 in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation, title and date stamps on the verso.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £35,000

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London 18 November 2014