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Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

    Richard Avedon on show at Art Gallery of WA

    Wednesday, 30 July 2014
    • First solo exhibition of Avedon's work to be displayed in Western Australia
    • 80 black and white photographs from 1949 to 2002
    • Richard Avedon People exhibition opens to the public on August 2

    West Australians will have the opportunity to view internationally acclaimed photographs by influential photographer, Richard Avedon, at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from this Saturday.

     

    The Richard Avedon People exhibition provides an overview of the American photographer’s achievements in black and white portraiture. He is well-known for his fashion photography as well as minimalist portraits of recognisable identities and America’s working class.

     

    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said Perth was only the second city in Australia to host this exhibition following its Southern Hemisphere launch at the National Portrait Gallery in August 2013.

     

    “Richard Avedon (1923-2004) was known for transforming fashion photography from the late 1940s onwards and has shot portraits of some of the most recognisable people in the world including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X and Bob Dylan,” Mr Day said.

     

    “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for photography and art enthusiasts, alike.  I commend the art gallery for organising this inspiring exhibition for the people of Western Australia and encourage everyone to take the opportunity to attend.”

     

    Avedon started his career photographing for Harper’s Bazaar, followed by a 20-year partnership with Vogue.  Later, he established strong collaborations with Egoiste and The New Yorker, becoming staff photographer for The New Yorker in 1992.

     

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