Richard Avedon: Relationships
Rebecca A. Senf
A tribute to Richard Avedon (1923-2004), the American photographer whose name and images became associated with iconic magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and The New Yorker.
A celebrated portraitist, Avedon was among the founding fathers of fashion photography, revolutionizing its style when, as early as 1945, he stopped portraying models in static poses, favoring instead realistic settings. Avedon’s images are almost cinematographic, leading the viewer to imagine the tales and stories they seem to evoke.
Avedon’s lens not only immortalized the era’s most famous models, but also a rich array of personalities including actors, dancers, celebrities, artists, musicians, writers, civil rights activists, and even heads of state. Not infrequently, the same subject was also portrayed several times and at different periods, establishing true photographic relationships that reveal different aspects of both the person portrayed and their relationship with the photographer.
Realized in collaboration with the Center for Creative Photography and The Richard Avedon Foundation (with Versace as main partner and Vogue Italia as media partner), Richard Avedon. Relationships features more than one hundred iconic fashion photographs and portraits from the Center’s collection including artists Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Louise Nevelson, Ezra Pound, Truman Capote, John Ford, Michelangelo Antonioni, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, Malcom X, Kofi Annan, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and last but not least, models Dovima, Veruschka, and Linda Evangelista.