Richard Avedon, ‘Igor Stravinsky, composer, New York City, November 2’, 1969, Phillips

An Influential Vision: The Collection of Ruth Ansel

“Magazines and photos are a part of history. Everything is known through them. A photograph is evidence of the passing of time. The moment it is taken it is the past. I believe that we are a nation and a world surrounded by pictures of ourselves. Through family snapshots, news photos, fashion magazines, film, television, the web, YouTube and Instagram. We are continually offering up a variety of traditions, styles and attitudes that define us. Photography is a metaphor for all our experiences, and in the hands of passionate individuals, it can heighten them. The photograph is history.” Ruth Ansel
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Each 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (24.4 x 19.4 cm) Overall 10 x 24 3/4 in. (25.4 x 62.9 cm)

Signature: Signed, numbered 4/50 in ink, title, date, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the flush-mount.

Random House, Richard Avedon: Evidence 1944-1994, p. 152

Marlborough Gallery, New York

About Richard Avedon

Although Richard Avedon’s celebrated fashion photographs have graced the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Life, the artist primarily referred to himself as a portrait photographer. Avedon’s fashion shots are profoundly dramatic and dynamic, often capturing the model in motion. Along with his own acquaintances and various ordinary people, Avedon took photographs of celebrities, politicians, and other public figures ranging from Bertrand Russell to Marilyn Monroe. In both his commercial assignments and his portrait work, Avedon’s meticulous approach and penetrating gaze sought to capture the essence of each unique subject and moment in time.

American, 1923-2004, New York, New York

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