If you haven’t been to the Detroit Institute of Arts lately, you are missing out. If you didn’t take advantage of the the latest exhibit, well, all is not lost. The DIA’s sleek Avedon Fashion Photographs Exhibit packed up on January 17th, however, there is still a way to catch a consolidated glimpse of Richard Avedon’s work. And, of course, it all comes back to books.
Like other famous artists, compilations of Avedon’s industry changing photographs have been secured and bound. In addition to the many books available online and at the Richard Avedon Foundation site, you can also find his work much closer to home. The DIA’s museum shop carries Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power among several other titles, and offers various artist collections as well.
Though the life of Richard Avedon played out through his incredible fashion photographs, he eventually became the first ever staff photographer for The New Yorker which is well known for its reportage, literary contributions, and eccentric Americana. Avedon made the New Yorker his home until his death of a brain hemorrhage while on assignment in 2004.
For more information on Richard Avedon and his work, try the links below:
Avedon piece in the New York Times
More on Richard Avedon in Topics section of the New York Times
*As always, support your local bookstore, universities, and art institutions. It matters!
-Post by Megan Shaffer with a special thanks to Linda Erikson!