Relationshipships is a tribute to the American photographer, Richard Avedon, (1923-2004), whose name and images were associated with iconic magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and The New Yorker for 60 years. Avedon's lens immortalized not only the most famous models of the era, but also a wide range of personalities, including actors, dancers, artists, musicians, writers, civil rights activists and even heads of state.
Avedon was among the founders of fashion photography, revolutionizing its style when, as early as 1945, he stopped portraying models in static poses and instead favored realistic settings. Avedon's images are almost cinematic, making the viewer imagine the narratives and stories they seem to evoke.
In all these extraordinary works, one perceives the photographer's ability to capture facial expressions, body language and the moments, changes, styles and tensions that have characterized our society over the years. These qualities are even more evident in the black-and-white portraits for which Avedon became famous.
Not infrequently, the same subject was also portrayed several times and at different periods, establishing true photographic relationships that reveal different aspects of both the person portrayed and their relationship to the photographer.
Relationships features more than one hundred iconic fashion photographs and portraits, including artists Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Louise Nevelson, Ezra Pound, Truman Capote, John Ford, Michelangelo Antonioni, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, Malcom X, Kofi Annan, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and last but not least the models Dovima, Veruschka and Linda Evangelista.
Realized in collaboration with the Center for Creative Photography and The Richard Avedon Foundation (with Versace as main partner and Vogue Italia as media partner).
Dimensions: H: 32 x W: 24.5 cm
Author: Rebecca A. Senf (Editor)