Mention fashion photography, and one of the first names that comes to mind is Richard Avedon. Relatively early in a career that spanned more than half a century, he was the inspiration for the photographer Dick Avery (played by Fred Astaire) in the 1967 film, “Funny Face.”
Avedon considered himself first a portrait photographer, which informed his approach to his subjects. They were not wooden mannequins but thoroughly modern women, playful yet sophisticated, whose personalities shone through in a way that defined post-War style and design.
Included in the Photographs sale at Sotheby’s London scheduled for May 17th is a portfolio of 11 images by Avedon, taken in Paris between 1947 and 1957. The portfolio, Avedon/Paris, was compiled in 1978 in for the retrospective devoted to his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
All photographs, Avedon/Paris 1978