A portrait of France by Avedon

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A portrait of France by Avedon

The National Library of France (BNF) is exhibiting the French work of the great American photographer Richard Avedon (1923-2004). More than 200 of his pieces are presented.

Discovered by Alexey Brodovitch, the legendary art director of Harper's Bazaar fashion magazine, Richard Avedon was sent to France in the 1940s to cover the fashion collections. What followed was an unwavering commitment to France, very quickly put on film by Stanley Donen with the musical Funny Face (1957) where the character of Fred Astaire is strongly inspired by the life of Avedon. Besides his talent in capturing the ‘New Look' in iconic photographs, Avedon revolutionized portraiture, which he cultivated in France through the magazine Egoist in the late 1980s. The exhibition includes many portraits of French personalities: Cocteau, Chanel, Genet, Deneuve, Adjani, Moreau… Films, books, and magazines combine to complete his singular career, enriched by literature, cinematic storytelling, and dance.

Exhibition ‘Avedon's France: Old World, New Look'
Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
Galerie 2
Quai François-Mauriac
75706 Paris Cedex 13

From 18 October 2016 to 26 February 2017



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