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Photograph - Sunny Harnett, evening dress by Gres, American 'Harper's Bazaar', September 1954
  • Sunny Harnett, evening dress by Gres, American 'Harper's Bazaar', September 1954
    Avedon, Richard, born 1923 - died 2004
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Sunny Harnett, evening dress by Gres, American 'Harper's Bazaar', September 1954

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    United States (possibly, photographed)

  • Date:

    September 1954 (photographed)
    1978 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Avedon, Richard, born 1923 - died 2004 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Copyright Richard Avedon, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

  • Museum number:

    PH.17-1985

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case X, shelf 903, box D

Physical description

Photograph

Place of Origin

United States (possibly, photographed)

Date

September 1954 (photographed)
1978 (printed)

Artist/maker

Avedon, Richard, born 1923 - died 2004 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Dimensions

Height: 45.2 cm, Width: 35.6 cm

Object history note

Richard Avedon has transformed fashion photography and portraiture alike, creating an instantly identifiable aesthetic which has influenced countless others. His ‘signature’ large format studio portraits of politicians, writers and artists render the sitters "symbolic of themselves", as he put it. His use of stark white backgrounds and life-size printing places viewers in a new relationship to the photographic image - a physical and almost confrontational one. His ability to create visual tension and surprise through unexpected contrasts is unparalleled.

Descriptive line

'Sunny Harnett, evening dress by Gres, American 'Harper's Bazaar', September 1954', Richard Avedon, print made 1978

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Claire Wilcox, ed. The Golden Age of Couture. Paris and London 1947 - 1957 London:V&A Publications, 2007. 224p. ISBN: 9781851775200 (hbk); 9781851775217 (pbk).

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Tuxedoes; Roulette wheels; Gambling casinos; Women; Men; Evening dresses

Categories

Photographs; Fashion

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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