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FREE world-class photography exhibition
American photographer Richard Avedon (1923–2004) 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.
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!"