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Richard Avedon People

Daily from Friday 23 August 2013 until Sunday 24 November 2013
Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955 by Richard Avedon
Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955 by Richard Avedon

American photographer Richard Avedon (1923-2004) produced portrait photographs that defined the twentieth century. Richard Avedon People explores his iconic portrait making practice. At the core of his artistic work was a profound concern with the emotional and social freedom of the individual in society. Curated by the National Portrait Gallery’s Senior Curator, Dr Christopher Chapman in partnership with The Richard Avedon Foundation, New York, Richard Avedon People is the first Australian exhibition of Avedon’s work. The Foundation was structured by Avedon in his lifetime and encourages the study and appreciation of Avedon’s photography through exhibitions, publications and outreach programs.

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14 portraits

1Marian Anderson, contralto, New York, June 30, 1955. 2New York Life #11, Central Park, New York City, November 17, 1949. 3Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, New York, May 8, 1957. 4Chet Baker, singer, New York City, January 16, 1986. 5Boyd Fortin, thirteen-year-old, Sweetwater, Texas, March 10, 1979. 6Allen Ginsberg's family: Hannah (Honey) Litzby, aunt: Leo Litzby, uncle; Abe Ginsberg, uncle; Ann Ginsberg, aunt; Louis Ginsber, father; Eugeno Brooks, brother; Allen Ginsberg, poet; Anne Brooks, niece; Peter Brooks, nephew; Connie Brooks, sister-in-law; . 7Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg, poets, New York City. 8Abbie Hoffman, member of The Chicago Seven, Chicago. All by Richard Avedon.

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