Join the Potter’s Director Kelly Gellatly for a director’s tour of Richard Avedon People. American photographer Richard Avedon (1923–2004) produced portrait photographs that defined the twentieth century. The exhibition Richard Avedon People explores Avedon’s work from 1949 to 2002. Avedon is best known for transforming fashion photography from the late 1940s onwards. The full breadth of Avedon’s renowned work is revealed in this exhibition of 80 black and white photographs. The exhibition include instantly recognisable portraits of artists, celebrities, and countercultural leaders as well as many of Avedon’s portraits that capture ordinary New Yorkers and the people of America’s West. Richard Avedon People pays close attention to the dynamic relationship between the photographer and his sitters and focuses on Avedon’s portraits across social strata, particularly his interest in counter-culture. At the core of his artistic work was a profound concern with the emotional and social freedom of the individual in society. The exhibition reveals Avedon’s sensitivity of observation, empathy of identification and clear vision that characterise these portraits.
Date: Wednesday 11 Mar 2015, 1.00- 1.30pm
Venue: Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne
Free. No bookings required.