“Avedon Fashion 1944–2000″ at ICP
By Bianca Posterli
In case the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit “The Model as Muse” didn’t satiate your supermodel craving, never fear. This summer the International Center of Photography is honoring Richard Avedon with a solo exhibit, “Avedon Fashion 1944–2000.” Over 175 photographs will be on display from his illustrious career in fashion, including iconic shots of Dorian Leigh, Dovima, Suzy Parker, Veruschka, and Nadja Auermann, just to name a few.
Avedon began working with Harper’s Bazaar in 1944 at the age of 21, and went on to change the perception of fashion photography. His images expressed the idea that models should be full of character and spirit, bringing their own personalities to life in the photo. Over the years, he became Vogue’s main photographer under editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland, putting names to the faces of many now-iconic models, including Jean Shrimpton, Lauren Hutton, Twiggy, Penelope Tree, and Veruschka. He is also credited for bringing Suzy Parker, his muse, to the high status she earned working as a model during the period of Hollywood Glamour girls (1940s and ’50s), a distinction that was unknown at the time.
His trademark “Avedon Blur” changed the face of fashion photography forever: It shows the model in motion, the fast shutter speed catching the movement and expression of the girls he so craved for his images. His life and work were the inspiration for the movie Funny Face, which starred Fred Astaire as the fashion photographer Dick Avery.
During Avedon’s 60 years as an artist, he shot for countless publications, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, LIFE, and The New Yorker. In 1993, he was awarded the International Center of Photography Master of Photography Award, won the Prix Nadar in 1994 for Evidence, and was awarded the Royal Photographic Society 150th Anniversary Medal in 2003.
“Avedon Fashion 1944–2000” will include vintage prints, contact sheets, magazine layouts, and archival material. Curator Carol Squiers and adjunct curator Vince Aletti organized the event, with assistance from the Richard Avedon Foundation. The exhibit will be open to the public from May 15 through September 6, 2009, at the International Center of Photography. You know you’ll find Modelinia at the exhibit, gaping at the amazing images and iconic models that Richard Avedon honored by capturing the talent of the era.
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See more images from the exhibit here.