About the exhibition

With work from 1940 to 2002, Richard Avedon People is an arresting display of Avedon’s massive achievements in the art of portraiture photography. 

Richard Avedon is regarded as one of the most important and influential photographers of the twentieth century.  His exquisitely simple, black and white compositions capture the essence of his subjects in charming and disarming ways. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan are presented alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten. 

Avedon’s practice entered the public imagination through his long association with seminal American publications. He commenced his career photographing for Harper’s Bazaar, followed by a 20-year partnership with Vogue. Later, he established strong collaborations with Egoïste and The New Yorker, becoming staff photographer for The New Yorker in 1992.

Richard Avedon People is the first solo exhibition of Avedon's work to be displayed in Western Australia. It brings together his most iconic images, such as those of Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy and Marian Anderson, to his lesser known, but quite powerful, New York street photography. 

Perth is the second city to host this exhibition following on from its Southern Hemisphere launch at the National Portrait Gallery in August 2013. The exhibition was curated by the National Portrait Gallery’s Senior Curator, Dr Christopher Chapman, in partnership with the Richard Avedon Foundation over the course of two years.

The Foundation was established by Avedon in his lifetime and encourages the study and appreciation of Avedon’s photography through exhibitions, publications and outreach programs.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, actress, New York, May 6, 1957

Photograph by Richard Avedon

© The Richard Avedon Foundation