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

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  • Provenance

    Christie's, Paris, 12 November 2011, lot 118

  • Literature

    Richard Avedon, Photographs, 1947-1977, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1978, back cover and pl. 159
    N. Hall-Duncan, The History of Fashion Photography, New York: Alpine, 1979, p. 137
    D. Bailey and M. Harrison, Shots of Style: Great Fashion Photographs, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985, cat. no. 7
    M. Harrison, Appearances: Fashion Photography Since 1945, New York: Rizzoli, 1991, p. 73
    Richard Avedon: Evidence, 1944-1994, New York: Random House/ Whitney Museum of American Art, 1994, p. 53
    Richard Avedon: Made in France, San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, 2001, n.p.
    Richard Avedon: Woman in the Mirror, New York: Abrams, 2005, p. 37
    Richard Avedon Photographs 1946-2004, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2007, n.p.
    Avedon Fashion: 1944-2000, New York: ICP/ Abrams, 2009, p. 137
    Harper’s Bazaar, September 1955, p. 215

  • 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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Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, August

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
25.6 x 20.1 cm (10 1/8 x 7 7/8 in.)
Signed, numbered 16/100 in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation, title, date and edition stamps on the verso.

£30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for £32,500

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London 18 November 2014