Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). Presenting around ninety of Avedon’s exquisite black and white photos made between 1945 and 2004, it surveys his groundbreaking fashion photography as well as his portraits of twentieth century icons such as Elizabeth Taylor, Malcolm X, Truman Capote, Bob Dylan, and Kate Moss.

Avedon changed the face of fashion photography through his exploration of motion and emotion. From the outset, he was fascinated by photography’s capacity for suggesting the personality and evoking the life of his subjects. This is evidenced across the works in the exhibition, which span Avedon’s career from his influential fashion photography and minimalist portraitures of well-known identities, to his depictions of America’s working class. 

Avedon’s practice entered the public imagination through his long association with seminal American publications. He commenced his career photographing for Harper’s Bazaar, followed by a 20-year partnership with Vogue. Later, he established strong collaborations with Egoiste and The New Yorker, becoming staff photographer for The New Yorker in 1992. 

Richard Avedon People is the first solo exhibition of Avedon's work to be displayed in Western Australia. Perth is the second city to host this exhibition following on from its Southern Hemisphere launch at the National Portrait Gallery in August 2013. The exhibition was curated by the National Portrait Gallery's Senior Curator, Dr Christopher Chapman in partnership with the Richard Avedon Foundation over the course of two years. 

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Join a guided tour of Richard Avedon People with an experienced Voluntary Gallery Guide every Wednesday and Sunday at 11am and 1pm


Image Credit: Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August, 1955 Photograph by Richard Avedon© The Richard Avedon Foundation

Image: Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation


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