Richard Avedon
Photographs 1946 - 2004
from 01 July 2008
until 27 September 2008
Jeu de Paume, Paris

Organised by the Louisiana Museum in Humlebaek with the cooperation of the Richard Avedon Foundation, this exhibition surveys the whole of Richard Avedon's career, starting with his first steps as a fashion photographer at the end of the Second World War.
Avedon continued to photograph the creations of the big Parisian couture houses up until 1984, working first for Harper's Bazaar and then for Vogue. Finding fashion photography too static and stuffy, he transformed it by introducing movement and photographing his models in public spaces.
He also made many portraits of celebrities from the worlds of literature, art and show business, always taking care to shatter the icon in order to reveal the true personality behind the public image.

In the 1960s, Avedon also ventured into photojournalism, covering such hot subjects as Civil Rights campaigners in the American South (1963), the Ku Klux Klan, patients in a mental hospital and the Vietnam war — both in the country itself, where he photographed military officers and napalm victims, and back home, where, a pacifist himself, he covered the hippie protests against the war.

In 1974 Avedon exhibited a series of his father, then dying of cancer, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. During this decade he continued his fashion photography and reportage, and also produced a series of 73 portraits of America's political elite for Rolling Stone.

The early 1980s saw Avedon produce a long series of 700 portraits of middle class and poor Americans from the 17 western states. As if to refute the myth of the American West, these portraits, all taken outdoors against a white ground, show closed, tense and introverted faces with an intense but subjacent emotional power. At the end of the decade, a commission from the French magazine Égoïste gave Avedon the chance to cover the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Exhibition organized with the support of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Thanks to the Hôtel Renaissance Paris Vendôme.

In partnership with la FNAC, À Nous Paris, Blast, Le Figaro, FIP, Paris Première, Vogue, Vogue Hommes and Télérama.


Please note that the exhibitions "Richard Avedon. Photographies 1946 – 2004" and "Virginie Yassef. La seconde est partie la première", initially planned to continue up to and including Sunday 28 September, will continue only to Saturday 27 September.
Instead, the Jeu de Paume, which is usually closed on Monday, will open specially on Monday 22 September from noon to 9 p.m.
On other days of the week, from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 September, the exhibitions will also be open until 9 p.m.
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