|2 August - 17 November 2014|
Richard Avedon is regarded as one of the most influential photographers of our time, known for redefining photographic conventions across the fashion and political worlds. With work from 1949 to 2002, Richard Avedon People is an arresting display of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography.
His exquisitely simple 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 Egoiste 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. 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.
Primary Students FREE (ticket required)
Secondary Students $10
All school groups must book through the Gallery firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 8 9492 6644
*This exhibition contains some nudity.
Exhibition open 10am - 5pm, Wed to Mon, closed Tue. Last entry is 4pm.
Tickets are valid for day sessions only. Excludes special events.
Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955. Photograph by Richard Avedon.
© The Richard Avedon Foundation
Elizabeth Taylor, cock feathers by Anello of Emme, New York, July 1, 1964. Photograph by Richard Avedon. © The Richard Avedon Foundation