Retrospective

Richard Avedon's Women

A new show in Los Angeles highlights the legendary fashion photographer's many muses.

Photograph by Richard Avedon (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Photograph by Richard Avedon (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Brigitte Bardot, Ella Fitzgerald, and Elizabeth Taylor are just a few of the countless legendary faces that served as inspiration for fashion photographer Richard Avedon. After a brief stint in London, Gagosian in Beverly Hills will feature the retrospective Richard Avedon: Women, the artist’s first solo exhibition in the area since 1976. Through his work for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, Avedon radically changed the face of fashion photgraphy. His minimalist style permitted his subjects to move freely and comfortably, allowing for spontaneity and intimacy within his images. The immense exhibition, on display through December 21, includes over 400 photographs, prints, and transparencies of the photographer’s subjects throughout his six-decade career. See highlights here.

Photograph by Richard Avedon (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Anna Magnani, Actress, New York, April 17, 1953.

Photograph by Richard Avedon (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Elsa Maxwell, Columnist, New York, December 11, 1957.

Photograph by Richard Avedon (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Małgosia Bela and Gisele Bündchen, Dresses by Dior, New York, March 13, 2000.

Photograph by Richard Avedon (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Nadja Auermann and Unknown Person, Bustier and Skirt by Jean-Paul Gaultier, Suit by Romeo Gigli, Montauk, New York, August 1995.

Photograph by Richard Avedon (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Penelope Tree, Evening Dress by Lanvin, January 24, 1968.

Photograph by Richard Avedon (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Jacqueline Delubac, Volpi Ball #4, Italy, August 31, 1991.

Photograph by Richard Avedon (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Jean Shrimpton, Dress by Oscar de aa Renta, Slippers by Capezio, New York, January 9, 1968.

Photograph by Richard Avedon (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Donyale Luna, Dress and Sandals by Paco Rabanne, New York, December 6, 1966.

Photograph by Richard Avedon (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Wanda Landowska, Musician, New York, June 7, 1958.