Experimental production of “Alice In Wonderland”
Richard Avedon’s dynamic, stylized portraits helped bridge the worlds of fashion and fine art photography. Avedon captured his staged subjects on black-and-white film, sometimes in motion. He turned his probing, intimate gaze on both everyday civilians and cultural icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Malcolm X. Avedon served as a photographer in the military before working as both a freelancer and staff photographer for publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, The New Yorker, Life, and others. While he is widely known for his commercial and editorial practices, Avedon also exhibited widely in cities including New York, Paris, and London. Throughout his lifetime, he published a number of books of collected photography. On the secondary market, Avedon’s work has sold in excess of $1 million.
Ellen von Unwerth is a fashion photographer whose experience as a model informs her practice. Influenced by the glamorous eroticism of Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, von Unwerth’s grainy, pinup-style photographs convey a subversive feminine gaze that empowers rather than objectifies. She is known for her ability to capture the personalities of her subjects. Von Unwerth’s eye for talent helped launch the careers of ’90s supermodels like Claudia Schiffer; she has also photographed such celebrities as Rihanna, Drew Barrymore, and Madonna. Her images have graced the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair and have been featured in international exhibitions at institutions like MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Von Unwerth was honored by the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 2020.