A Photographer Inspired by Richard Avedon

The Australian reach of the late Avedon comes full circle

RichardAvedonPeopleLogoThe first Australian exhibit of Richard Avedon photos continues to make its way across the vast country. After stops in Canberra and Perth last year, the 81 featured photos are currently on display through March at the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art.

Among the goods is arguably, still, Avedon’s most celebrated photo; the one shot in Paris in 1955 for Harper’s Bazaar with two elephants and one supermodel. Although Avedon, who passed away in 2004, was famously unhappy with one aspect of the shot, no such problems for the many who have enjoyed the show Down Under, including a famous local photographer. From a report in PerthNow:

It [the “Dovima” shot] inspired many photographers around the world to take up photography. One of them was Frances Andrijich, award-winning Perth photographer who is well-known throughout Australia for her painstaking magazine portraits.

She first saw the image as a teenager and began collecting Avedon’s books and pictures of his work to learn more about his style. “I think the image is amazing,” she says. “For him to be unhappy with it just says so much about his perfectionism.”

Indeed. Katrina Dumas, exhibitions coordinator for the Richard Avedon Foundation here in New York, who worked closely with Australian exhibit organizers, says that perfectionism is largely why 200,000 negatives in the vault will – per Avedon’s strict orders – never be processed.

[Image via: unimelb.edu.au]