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Robert Frank, photographer, June Leaf, sculptress, Mabou Mines, Nova Scotia, July 18, 1975

1975
Richard Avedon (American, 1923–2004)


Dimensions

Image: 24.8 x 20.1 cm (9 3/4 x 7 15/16 in.) Sheet: 25.1 x 20.2 cm (9 7/8 x 7 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1979.308

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

In 1944, Richard Avedon was discovered by the art director at Harper’s Bazaar, Alexey Brodovitch, and his career as a groundbreaking fashion photographer was launched. By the 1960s, he had begun to photograph an even wider range of subjects, from Civil Rights activists and Vietnam War protestors to the political, intellectual, and artistic elite. Fascinated by the power of portraits made with a large-format view camera, Avedon soon developed a distinctive style that involved placing his sitters against a stark white background and photographing them frontally. This image of the photographer Robert Frank, whose book The Americans influenced a whole generation of photographers, and his wife, the artist June Leaf, has all the unflinching authenticity and intimacy of Avedon’s best work.

Inscription

On verso: stamped information, including ed. 6/50; Robert Frank, photographer and June Leaf, sculptress, Mabou Mines, Nova Scotia, 7/18/75; copyright. Signed in pen.

Provenance

Mr. David Bakalar, Wakefield, MA; gift June 1979.

Credit Line

Gift of David Bakalar

Copyright

Copyright © The Richard Avedon Foundation.