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Richard Avedon People now exhibiting at Art Gallery of Western Australia

Richard Avedon PeopleRichard Avedon People is an arresting display of Avedon’s portraiture photography, being exhibited at the Art Gallery of Western Australia until November 17.

Richard Avedon is regarded as one of the most important and influential photographers of the twentieth century. His black and white compositions capture the essence of his subjects in charming and disarming ways and this exhibition features instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan, alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten.

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

Richard Avedon People is the first solo exhibition of Avedon’s work to be displayed in Western Australia. The exhibition was curated by the National Portrait Gallery’s Senior Curator, Dr Christopher Chapman, in partnership with the Richard Avedon Foundation over the course of two years. The Foundation was established by Avedon in his lifetime and encourages the study and appreciation of Avedon’s photography through exhibitions, publications and outreach programs.

Guided tours of Richard Avedon People, with an experienced gallery guide are held every Wednesday and Sunday, at 11am and 1pm.

There are also opportunities to view the stunning Richard Avedon People after hours with commentary from the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival and AGWA guests on the dualism between fashion and photography. Along with the exhibition and guest speakers, guests will enjoy the smooth jazz undertones of the Graham Wood Quintet. This event will be held on Tuesday 23 September at 5.30pm. Tickets will be on sale soon.

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