The Indelible Avedon


“A portrait is not a likeness.

The moment an emotion or fact

is transformed into a photograph

it is no longer a fact but an opinion.

There is no such thing as inaccuracy

in a photograph.

All photographs are accurate.

None of them is the truth.”

~Richard Avedon



Richard Avedon (1923–2004) revolutionized fashion photography starting in the post-World War II era and redefined the role of the fashion photographer. Anticipating many of the cultural cross-fertilizations that have occurred between high art, commercial art, fashion, advertising, and pop culture in the last twenty years, he created spirited, imaginative photographs that showed fashion and the modern woman in a new light.

One can’t help but admire his iconoclastic stance in shaking up the chilly, static formulas that had been dominated by Europeans for years, injecting new stylistic innovations that would revolutionize fashion photography for years to come. By the 1950’s his work was so influential he was the most imitated fashion photographer in the world.


From May 15th to September 6th, the International Center for Photography will feature an exhibit of fashion pictures by the incomparably gifted Richard Avedon. “Avedon Fashion 1944-2000.”



This exhibition will be the most comprehensive exploration to date of Avedon’s fashion photography during his career at Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, The New Yorker, and beyond. The exhibition will feature more than 200 works spanning his entire career, and will include vintage prints, contact sheets, magazine layouts, and archival material.

Avedon on Celebrity
Closeup: Richard Avedon





~ by eaesthete on 05/11/09.

5 Responses to “The Indelible Avedon”

  1. Beautiful work, of course. THe quote reminds me of somethiing Oscar Wilde would say

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  3. If you can’t make it to the exhibit, ICP and Abrams are publishing the catalog.

  4. You’ve chosen great images here, as usual.

    @ Art You’re right. I think Avedon is alluding to Wilde’s quote, “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”


  5. I would love to use one of Richards photos for a non-profit women’s retreat. Do you happen to know how or where I could get permission?
    I would be extremely greatful.



    You might try contacting the Richard Avedon foundation.

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