Following an official VIP opening tonight, the Richard Avedon People exhibition opens to the public at the Art Gallery of Western Australia on Saturday, 2 August.

The exhibition celebrates the work of American photographer, Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004), and presents 80 portrait photographs taken between 1949 and 2002, providing an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture. Renowned for his compositions, Avedon’s images present a catalogue of the who’s who of twentieth-century American culture. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and counterculture leaders including Bob Dylan, Truman Capote, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Malcolm X, are presented alongside portraits of ordinary individuals.

Richard Avedon People is the first solo exhibition of Avedon’s work to be displayed in Western Australia. Perth is the second city to host this exhibition following on from its Southern Hemisphere launch at the National Portrait Gallery in August 2013. The exhibition was curated by the National Portrait Gallery’s Senior Curator, Dr Christopher Chapman, in partnership with the Richard Avedon Foundation over the course of two years.

Tickets are available at for $14 (Adult),| $12 (Concession),  $10 (Pre-booked groups of ten).| Children 12 years and under can enter free of charge. The exhibition will run until 17 November 2014.