Avedon Portfolio in Sotheby’s London Sale

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.

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All photographs, Avedon/Paris 1978

 

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