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Avedon Fashion Photographs 1944-2000

October 18, 2009 - January 17, 2010 

This exhibition is a comprehensive study of Richard Avedon's (1923-2004) fashion photographs that includes a selection of over 200 images representing his stylistic evolution over a period of 50 years. Both iconic and lesser-known photographic prints, as well as never-before-seen material including contact sheets, magazine layouts, personal ephemera and archival material are included. All photographs are from the Avedon estate, and many are vintage prints.

Avedon began his career at the end of World War II in New York City. Influenced by photo reportage and the innovative eye of Harper's Bazaar art director Alexy Brodovitch, Avedon revolutionized editorial fashion work for magazines in the post-World War II era. At the young age of 23, his work was fresh and created to rejuvenate the Paris fashion market after the war.

As his career developed in the 1950s and 1960s, Avedon captured the independent lifestyle and spirit of the times in women's clothing of the period. In addition to his fashion work with celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand, Avedon was one of the first high-profile photographers to work with African American and multi-racial models including Detroit-native Donyale Luna and the Eurasian model China Machado.

Avedon continued to dominate the photography world until his death in 2004. Works from the 1990s include his collaborations with famous models on the fashion scene including Kate Moss and Stephanie Seymour. 

Visit the exhibition and use your cell phone to access DIA Director Graham Bealís audio commentary about Avedon Fashion Photography. Using the system is as easy as dialing a telephone number and then entering the item number that corresponds to a particular image. Simply look for objects in the exhibition marked with identifying labels.

The cell phone gallery guide is provided free of charge; however, you will use your cell phone minutes while connected, regardless of your carrier.

An exhibition catalog will be available in the Museum Shop.

Click here to order tickets online.

Click here to read the recent New York Times article "How Avedon Blurred His Own Image."

Donyale Luna, dress by Paco Rabanne, New York, December 1966.
© 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation.

The exhibition was organized by the International Center of Photography with the cooperation of The Richard Avedon Foundation, New York; Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York. This exhibition and its catalogue were made possible with a major lead grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support was received from the ICP Exhibitions Committee, National Endowment for the Arts, Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and other generous corporate, foundation, and individual donors. In Detroit, support has been provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.


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