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

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  • Provenance

    Hamiltons Gallery, London

  • Literature

    Richard Avedon: Evidence, 1944-1994, New York: Random House, 1994, p. 150
    Richard Avedon: Woman in the Mirror, New York: Abrams, 2005, pp. 154-155
    Avedon Fashion: 1944-2000, New York: ICP/ Abrams, 2009, p. 246

  • 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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Penelope Tree, Mask by Ungaro, Paris studio, January

Gelatin silver print, printed 1981.
52.1 x 49.4 cm (20 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)
Signed, numbered 7/50 in ink, copyright credit reproduction limitation, title, date and edition stamps on the reverse of the linen flush-mount.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £9,375

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Lou Proud
Head of Photographs
+ 44 207 318 4018


London 18 November 2014