Monthly Archives: July 2009

It Will Make You Shutter…

Richard Avedon Exhibit Proves an Organized Masterpiece in SFMOMA’s Cluttered Collections.

By Emily Ryles


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is known for its questionable pieces that resemble children’s finger paintings or your grandmother’s knitted sweaters. Many MOMA goers often find themselves regarding these works of art with an “I could do that” attitude. However, this was nowhere near true at MOMA’s newest exhibit of Richard Avedon’s photographs. The late photographer’s portraits of everyone from the Beatles to a Santa Monica beach bum are far from DIY. In fact, many visitors to the museum were perplexed by how complicated, yet simple his portraits were. As oxymoronic as this may sound it is the only to describe Mr. Avedon’s legendary photos and the exhibit San Francisco MOMA has displayed.

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The life of Avedon

By: Hannah Abney

 1923- Richard Avedon was born in New York City

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The Richard Avedon Experience: SFMOMA

By Rebecca Kobert

SFMOMA has a new exhibit on their hands: the works of Richard Avedon, one of the most influential and prolific photographers of the 20th (and early 21st) century. Going into the exhibit, it’s obvious that you will be viewing beautiful photographs documenting culture, fashion, and portraits over a five-decade span; but it was up to SFMOMA Senior Curator of Photography, Sandra S. Phillips, to deliver an exhibit that could take awe-inspiring work and fit it into seven rooms, all the while organizing it in a way that would have museum-goers in a daze.

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Richard Avedon: master photographer and master manipulator

By Aleksandra Johnson

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, NY, 1957

Known for his nonconformist style and revealing portraits, Richard Avedon went beyond the typical static photos of pretty women in dresses to reveal the spirit of his subject. Avedon got his start as a fashion photographer shooting for magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Inspired by Martin Munkacsi, Avedon made his mark by showing his models being themselves and often in motion. For more than half a decade, Richard Avedon’s unpretentious photographs have graced the covers of the most famous magazines, inspired movies, and captured the essence of his subject’s soul. Continue reading

A genius’ influence on fashion

By: Amanda Beausoleil


Richard Avedon’s exhibit at the SF MOMA reminds us all over again of his genius. When you look at his photographs it’s like you can feel the moment. You know exactly what he wanted to get across as if he was describing it to you himself. Even the most abstract pictures that you think you won’t understand you still get the feeling, the emotion, and the portrayal behind it.. When you look at his pictures you’re able to see the soul of the people he photographs screaming out of the picture.

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A journey through the work of Richard Avedon

By: Nick Hazelton

Simple and clean are two of the best words to describe the Richard Avedon exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Situated on the fourth floor, the exhibit takes up a whole wing and takes you on a journey through Avedon’s various and scattered portraits of many familiar faces.
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Dovima, elephants, Dior oh my !

By Brooke Barker


Many exhibits have come and gone to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art but this summer one exhibit has captured the eyes of fashion and photography lovers. 

This exhibit is that American photographer Richard Avedon who took some of the most iconic photographs in the 20th century. The exhibit displays over 200 photographs taken by Avedon that span from 1944-2004. Avedon’s exhibit proves to many doubters that photography and fashion can be art.

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