Richard Avedon
Photographs 1946-2004

Richard Avedon , Dalai Lama

The exhibition "Richard Avedon Photographs 1946-2004" includes over 250 unforgettable images, tracing the story of this great photographer from his early to his final years. It opens with Avedon’s first important photographs, which were taken in 1946, right after the Second World War and continues with images that define a very different era - such as those taken in 1989 at the Brandenburg Gate, just two months after the fall of the Berlin wall. The very last photo Avedon took - four months before he died suddenly while on assignment for The New Yorker - was a portrait of the singer Björk.

Richard Avedon "Richard Avedon is a true genius of photography and one of the greatest artists of our time," said Donatella Versace, creative director of the house of Versace, which is co-sponsoring the show.
"With Richard, photography became a true art form," she said.
Avedon, who worked on Versace campaigns in the 1990s, was best known for transforming models from mere clothes horses into real people with emotions, spirit and character. Thanks to Versace, this photographic exhibition celebrates his lifetime achievements and the long and successful collaboration between the great photographer and the Maison.

Avedon models

A native New York, Richard Avedon (1923-2004) began his career as a photographer in 1942 while at the Merchant Marines, taking ID photos of the ship’s crew. The exhibition ‘Richard Avedon Photographs 1946-2004’ covers his work from the beginning until the end of his career. Avedon died doing what he loves doing – taking photographs. He was on assignment for the New Yorker in San Antonio, Texas when he suffered a brain hemorrhage. He was 81.

Considered one of the greatest American photographers, no history of photography would be complete without Richard Avedon’s work. He was the first to break the barrier between studio and reportage.
Avedon’s contributions to portraiture were as important as his work in fashion photography, and his complex style made a profound mark with its intensity and emotional depth. His portraits of statesmen, artists, actors and actresses broke away from the formulaic stiffness and rigidity associated with the genre, releasing his subjects from the iconic constraints of a celebrity postcard.

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