Avedon's America Celebrates the Beauty of American Diversity

Avedon's America Celebrates the Beauty of American Diversity

The prolific photographer documents beauty in an entirely new light.

The prolific photographer documents beauty in an entirely new light.

Text: Justin Ragolia

Richard Avedon is one of the most prolific editorial photographers of all time. To assert that his 8x10 format black & whites wholly redefined visual beauty on the printed page during the 20th century would only scratch the surface of detailing his contributions to the art form.

While Avedon's fashion photography will forever serve as inspiration for modern day artists shooting for editorials and campaigns, it's his In the American West project that demonstrated the lengths he was willing to travel in search of faces that could tell stories about our nation--if captured at the right moment. It's this six-year endeavor that's immortalized him as one of the best portraitists of all time.

This weekend, The Richard Avedon Foundation opened its most recent retrospective at Guild Hall in New York, titled "Avedon's America." According to The Foundation, the exhibition has one clear aim: to communicate Avedon's own appreciation for the unifying beauty of diversity, in hopes of instilling the same appreciation in every viewer. The exhibition's launch has obviously been strategically timed: especially in our current political climate, it is paramount that the beauty of diversity be welcomed and celebrated in this nation and all others. This exhibition offers guests a chance to view the multiplicity of skin tones, facial structures, gender identities, ideas, relationships, and conversations that helped shape 20th-century cultural discourse in America, through Avedon's lens.

The exhibition will be on view at Guild Hall until October 9th. Find out more about Avedon's America here.

IMAGE COURTESY OF THE RICHARD AVEDON FOUNDATION
IMAGE COURTESY OF THE RICHARD AVEDON FOUNDATION

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