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Richard Avedon People Exhibition

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American photographer Richard Avedon (19232004) was one of the world's greatest photographers. He produced photographic portraits that show some of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century such as Bob Dylan, Truman Capote, Marilyn Monroe, Malcolm X and Elizabeth Taylor (shown above framed by black cock feathers in a portrait taken by Avedon in New York in 1964).

But he also photographed ordinary New Yorkers and people living in the American West as they went about their daily lives and he was always fascinated by the counter culture. His portraits were always striking.

Photograph by Richard Avedon. The Richard Avedon Foundation.

This free exhibition of some 80 photographs Avedon took from 1949-2002 is on at the The Ian Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne from now until March 15.

Photograph by Richard Avedon. The Richard Avedon Foundation.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with The Richard Avedon Foundation, New York, and The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

But it is the host of high quality and free activities associated with this exhibition that readers should also consider attending including a January school holiday program when parents and children can enjoy a free guided tour before taking to the studio where parents can then craft portraits of their children under the guidance of Melbourne photographer and artist, Terry Murphy.

This is a wonderful chance to learn how to craft photographic portraiture in a professional studio setting. For more information click here.

Source: Culture Mamas

There is also a free screening of the acclaimed documentary, Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light directed by Helen Whitney. This film has been described "as a fascinating look into the mind, and process of one of, if not the, most iconic photographers of all time." The film will be screened at 2pm each day from Friday the 27 February to 1 March 2015. It goes for 1hr 25 mins.

The exhibition has toured other states where there has often been a price tag for admission. In Melbourne this is a free exhibition, and it is events such as this, that make you think: "Gee, it's great to live in Melbourne!"
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Why? To see works by one of the world's great photographers,
When: Tuesday to Friday10am- 5pm; Saturday and Sunday12- 5pm.
Phone: Inquiries: 8344-5148 or
Where: Ian Potter, Swanston Street (between Elgin & Faraday),Parkville.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Thanks Nadine will be visiting this exhibition.
by Coffee Break With Belinda (score: 2|403) 1764 days ago
Thanks Nadine, this will be a fabulous exhibition, I absolutely love the iconic
black and white photos he took, Elizabeth Taylor, stunning.
by julzy (score: 1|54) 1753 days ago
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