A century of influence and impression is certainly worth celebrating. Avedon 100 is just that–a commemoration of Richard Avedon and his illustrious body of work. Known for his unwavering ability to evoke emotion, seemingly uniting the world through a single photograph–that innate flair precedes the late visionary from beyond the grave as the industry’s tastemakers come together to honor his legacy.

Serving as a collection of contributions from the likes of Naomi Campbell, Elton John, Kate Moss, and more, the exhibition displays Avedon’s lively work accompanied by personal anecdotes on the impact of each image.

Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, headed by Julian Bond, Atlanta, Georgia | Photography by Richard Avedon (1963) | Courtesy of Gagosian © The Richard Avedon Foundation

Reflecting on Avedon’s decade-spanning career, Avedon 100 offers snapshots into various periods of his oeuvre, from his fashion work to imagery of the social justice movement to his celebrated “In The American West” series, each highlighting the extent and diversity of Avedon’s creative reach. The retrospective marries elements of prominence and privacy, unveiling several never before exhibited works.

Through his work, Avedon helped cement photography’s status as a contemporary art form, while seamlessly transcending boundaries between the medium’s evolving genres. In a world most frequently captured through the lens of an iPhone, his work remains a candid portrait of the artistic achievements of film photography.

Avedon 100is on view at Gagosian Gallery beginning May 4, 2023.

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