13 November 2007
RICHARD AVEDON (1923-2004)
New York: printed on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition, 'Avedon: Photographs 1947-1977' at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 13 September - 5 November 1978.
11 gelatin silver prints. Each signed and numbered 'AP 2/10' in pencil, portfolio copyright credit reproduction limitation, title, date and edition stamps on verso. Each 17 5/8 x 14 1/8in. (44.8 x 36cm.) or reverse. Each in individual paper folders, numbered sequentially in pencil. All in larger outer folder, signed and numbered 'AP 2/10' in pencil; inside flap, inscribed 'for Randal Levenson/the master printer/from R.Avedon' in pencil. Colophon and list of titles. White cloth clamshell box, red screen-printed credit on cover.
Gift of the artist to Randal Levenson, master printer of Avedon/Paris, 1978.
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Avedon, Avedon Photographs 1947-1977, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1978, pls.3, 5-6, 10-11, 14-15, 25, 38, 44.
Levenson printed the entire edition of 75 plus 10 artist proofs.
In the autumn of 1978 Avedon presented a major exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 'Avedon: Photographs 1947-1977'. The theme was his fashion work, though the non-specific title invited spectators to read the images within frames of reference far broader than the label 'fashion' might have implied. This was the context in which Avedon created the present portfolio and he chose to concentrate on the most electrifying images made on location in Paris through his earlier years as a photographer -- years in which he arguably re-invented the language of fashion photography.
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