The Eye of the Discerning Beholder

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

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.