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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Richard Avedon People

Previous exhibition 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.

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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This resource has strong connections with the Australian Curriculum and is designed primarily for upper secondary school teachers of Visual Arts, English, History and Theory of Knowledge.

Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso

Shop Talk

Magazine article by Stephen Phillips, 2016

Angus and the arbiters talk (photo) shop for the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

James Baldwin, writer, Harlem, New York 1945 by Richard Avedon
James Baldwin, writer, Harlem, New York 1945 by Richard Avedon
James Baldwin, writer, Harlem, New York 1945 by Richard Avedon
James Baldwin, writer, Harlem, New York 1945 by Richard Avedon

The Avedon effect

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2013

Dr Christopher Chapman explores how we can understand Richard Avedon's photographs.  

Chet Baker, singer, New York City, January 16, 1986 by Richard Avedon
Chet Baker, singer, New York City, January 16, 1986 by Richard Avedon
Chet Baker, singer, New York City, January 16, 1986 by Richard Avedon
Chet Baker, singer, New York City, January 16, 1986 by Richard Avedon

The existential lens

Magazine article by Stephen Zagala, 2013

Stephen Zagala discusses Richard Avedon’s work from an Australian perspective.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.