If I had to pick one exhibition in the world to go to, ICP’s retrospective of Richard Avedon‘s work would probably be the one I’d pick.
A journey through Avedon’s fashion photography, the exhibit documents his work from 1944 until 2000, in what is the most extensive showing of his work since the Metropolitan Museum exhibit in 1978.
Fashion wasn’t his only field of work, though. He also took snapshots of many iconic characters of the last decades like JFK, Dali, Hitchcock, Katherine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe among many others.
Avedon died five years ago at age 81, but his work can also be seen clearly influencing many of today’s fashion photographers (Steven Meisel anyone?). In fact, I’ve had quite a few people telling me that his photo “Dovima and the elephants” (the last I feature on this post) is their absolute favorite.
For a full taste of the man’s work, check the editorial In Memory of Mr and Mrs Comfort, which I posted a while ago.
If you’re lucky enough to live in NY, you can catch the exhibit until September on the International Center of Photography.