Senf hosted the center exhibit “Richard Avedon: Relationships”, which opens on Saturday December 15th. The exhibit features 80 Avedon images from the centre’s collections, including large-scale prints, and explores Avedon’s approach to photographing people.
This is a stunning, world-class exhibit, says Breckenridge Barrett.
Avedon initially worked with former center director James Enyeart to place over 400 significant photographs at the center from 1989 to 2004.
Completed by selected purchases, the collection now numbers 456 works that chronologically and by subject cover Avedon’s career. The center also houses archival documents, such as correspondence, contact sheets, engraver prints and a Louis Vuitton case suitable for carrying photographic equipment.
This is the third exhibition of Avedon’s work and the first in over 10 years at the downtown Tucson Gallery.
Avedon, who lived from 1923 to 2004, blurred the line between “fine” and “commercial” photography.
He honed his skills in the U.S. Merchant Navy and the New School for Social Research’s Design Laboratory and began working as a freelance photographer at age 22, primarily for Harper’s Bazaar, according to the foundation. Refusing the magazine’s use of a studio, he photographed models and fashions in unconventional settings – on the streets, nightclubs, the beach, and other unusual places.