Woman With Elephants, Brodovitch layout


In this fashion photograph, Richard Avedon’s model Dovima, is wearing a black Christian Dior dress with a white silk sash. The smooth, silky fabric contrasts with the rough wrinkled skin of the elephants’s in Paris’s famed Cirque d’Hiver. Dovima’s calm demeanor also contrasts with the elephant’s struggle with his chained foot. Her gesture and hand on the elephant’s trunk are meant to suggest a goddess-like ability to tame the beast.

This photograph was included in Avedon’s one-man show at the Smithsonian in 1962. The center of the top edge reveals a water stain on the negative. At some point shortly after this print was made, the negative was rewashed so that other prints wouldn’t contain this darkroom artifact.

Maker: Avedon, Richard

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Elephants

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Credit Line: Richard Avedon

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PG.006961Catalog Number: 6961Accession Number: 246041

Object Name: gelatin silver printphotograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 31.5 cm x 43 cm; 12 3/8 in x 16 15/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-cc97-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_557346

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