Early Richard Avedon

May 25, 2009

The early work of Richard Avedon has been getting a lot of attention lately because of the Avedon Fashion Photography 1944 – 2000 exhibit at The International Center of Photography.  “Dovima and Elephants” is also being featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the “Model as  Muse” exhibit in the Costume Institute.  Here are a few of my favorite early Avedon photographs.

Dovima in Balenciaga Couture

Dovima in Balenciaga cloche - Cafe de Deux Magots, Paris 1955

Dorian Leigh  Evening dress by Piguet, lie St.-Louis, Paris, August 1949

Dorian Leigh - evening dress by Piguet, lie St.-Louis, Paris, August 1949

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Sunny Harnett - evening dress by Madame Gres, Casino, Le Touquet, August 1954

Sunny Harnett - evening dress by Madame Gres, Casino, Le Touquet, August 1954

Carmen - Coat by  Pierre Cardin 1957

Carmen - Coat by Pierre Cardin 1957

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - coat by Guy Laroche, Palais-Royal, Paris, August 1957

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - coat by Guy Laroche, Palais-Royal, Paris, August 1957

Dovima

Dovima

Georgia Hamilton - emsemble by Balenciaga

Georgia Hamilton - emsemble by Balenciaga

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - Evening dress by Madame Gres, Moulin Rouge, Paris, August 1957

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - Evening dress by Madame Gres, Moulin Rouge, Paris, August 1957

5 Responses to “Early Richard Avedon”

  1. analiebe said

    beautiful beautiful beautiful…. such a shame fashion photography is not like this any more…. (sigh)

  2. Met Avedon at The Whitney in 1994; spoke to Dovima on the phone after routinely answering it “studio” and hearing her say “hello, it’s Dovima. May I speak with … ” almost dropped dead.

    absolutely pivotal photographer in the history of the medium. Influence extends far beyond fashion…

  3. Love your choices, so beautifully displayed. Great work.

  4. Eric Dummett said

    George Hurrell and Avedon …. two great masters of glamour photography.

  5. Vanessa said

    Does anyone know where I can get prints of these?

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