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Past Exhibition

  • Richard Avedon
    Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall, dress by Dior, Place de la Concorde, Paris, August 1956
    © 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation
  • Richard Avedon
    Veruschka, dress by Kimberly, New York, January 1967
    © 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation
  • Richard Avedon
    Dorian Leigh, hat by Paulette, Paris, August 1949
    © 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation
  • Richard Avedon
    Dovima, evening dress by Fath, Paris, August 1950
    © 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation
  • Richard Avedon
    Jade Parfitt and Esther De Jong, ensembles by Galliano, New York, March 1998
    © 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation

Avedon Fashion 1944–2000

MAY 15–SEPTEMBER 20, 2009

Richard Avedon (1923–2004) revolutionized fashion photography starting in the post-World War II era and redefined the role of the fashion photographer. Anticipating many of the cultural cross-fertilizations that have occurred between high art, commercial art, fashion, advertising, and pop culture in the last twenty years, he created spirited, imaginative photographs that showed fashion and the modern woman in a new light. He shook up the chilly, static formulas of the fashion photograph and by 1950 was the most imitated American editorial photographer. Injecting a forthright, American energy into a business that had been dominated by Europeans, Avedon's stylistic innovations continue to influence photographers around the world.

This exhibition is the most comprehensive exploration to date of Avedon's fashion photography during his long career at Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, The New Yorker, and beyond. Working closely with The Richard Avedon Foundation, ICP curator Carol Squiers and guest curator Vince Aletti present new scholarship on the evolution and extraordinary, ongoing impact of his work. The exhibition features 175 works by Richard Avedon, spanning his entire career, and includes vintage and edition prints, contact sheets, and original magazines.

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, Clémence and William von Mueffling, Mary Ann and Frank Arisman, Harper's Bazaar, The John and Annamaria Phillips Foundation, Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, and Mark McCain.