Richard Avedon
A Star Photographing a Star

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th Century. His stylistic approach, his subjects and vision have influenced numerous artists that followed in his footsteps. Richard Avedon, Photographs, 1946—2004 spans Avedon's entire career beginning with the fashion photography at Harper's Bazaar where Avedon worked at the remarkable age of 22, to taking images of politicians, beekeepers and stars. There's an emotionality to this collection and some believe that Avedon would present uncomfortable conversation or psychologically probing questions to elicit a reaction. Senior curator of photography at the San Francisco MoMA, Sandra Phillips, corrected this, saying that this only happened once, with an image of the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor. This is a conversation with Phillips as we walk through the exhibition.