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Richard Avedon People

Previous exhibition
from Friday 23 August 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.

14 portraits

1 Marian Anderson, contralto, New York, June 30, 1955. 2 New York Life #11, Central Park, New York City, November 17, 1949. 3 Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, New York, May 8, 1957. 4 Chet Baker, singer, New York City, January 16, 1986. 5 Boyd Fortin, thirteen-year-old, Sweetwater, Texas, March 10, 1979. 6 Allen 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; ,. 7 Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg, poets, New York City,. All by Richard Avedon.

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