The Eye of the Discerning Beholder

High-fashion photographer Richard Avedon gets his first major L.A. show in four decades

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Photograph by Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon pushed boundaries even as he transformed beauties like Brigitte Bardot and Brooke Shields into stars. For nearly 60 years the American photographer created black-and-white images that, in their dramatic use of shadows and props, drew emotional responses. Avedon: Women, an exhibition opening this month at the Gagosian Gallery, features more than 100 of the late lensman’s works, including his portrait of a nude Nastassja Kinski with a python slithering across her torso. It’s a keen example of how he redefined fashion photography.

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