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'Carmen (Homage to Munkacsi), coat by Cardin', Place Francois-Premier, Paris, 1957

Photograph
1957 (photographed), 1978 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Photograph
read 100 years of fashion photography
object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gelatin-silver print
Brief Description
Avedon, Richard. 'Carmen (Homage to Munkacsi), coat by Cardin, Place Francois-Premier, Paris, 1957'. Published in American Harper's Bazaar, September 1957.
Physical Description
Photograph
Dimensions
  • Height: 45.6cm
  • Width: 36cm
Credit line
Copyright Richard Avedon, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Object history
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.
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Claire Wilcox, ed. The Golden Age of Couture. Paris and London 1947 - 1957 London:V&A Publications, 2007. 224p. ISBN: 9781851775200 (hbk); 9781851775217 (pbk).
Collection
Accession Number
PH.14-1985

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record createdJuly 28, 2003
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