"I work with photographers at all stages of their career, emerging to established, to help edit and shape their work for exhibitions, books, presentations and photography events."
ELIZABETH AVEDON is a photography book and exhibition designer, independent curator and writer. She is a sought after consultant for photographers; editing, sequencing, and advising towards their exhibition, book, and portfolio projects. She serves as faculty for both the BFA Photography and Video, and Masters in Digital Photography departments at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Ms. Avedon is the former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe; Creative Director for The Gere Foundation; Art Director for Polo Ralph Lauren national advertising; and Photo Editor for Ralph Lauren Media's RL Magazine. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her exhibition design and publishing projects, including the retrospective exhibition and book, “Avedon: 1949–1979” for the Metropolitan Museum of Art NY and Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; “Richard Avedon: In the American West” for the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago; and exhibition designs for the Estate of Diane Arbus, the Menil Collection, Houston and the Leica Gallery, New York.
Along with leading advanced photo-editing and photography book design workshops, Elizabeth continues to participate as a reviewer in many international portfolio reviews including: the Icelandic Photography Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland; the Landskrona Foto Festival Review in Sweden; the New York Times Portfolio Reviews; Review Santa Fe; FilterPhoto Festival, Chicago; Photolucida, Portland. She was a juror for the prestigious 8th Edition Carmignac Fondation Photojournalism Award in Paris and juried the 22nd Annual Peter Urban Legacy Exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography. She created the black/white juried publication, “fossils of light + time,” for the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography.
Her writing includes, "Self Portrait: My Impressions of Vivian Maier" for John Maloof’s "Vivian Maier: Self Portraits” (powerHouse Books); "Trusted Witness" an essay for Dornith Doherty’s monograph, “Archiving Eden” (Schilt Publishing, 2017); the introduction to Tom Chamber's retrospective, "Hearts and Bones" (Unicorn Press 2018); and as a contributor for many years to Paris based La Lettre, Le Journal de la Photographie and L’oeil de la Photographie, she profiled notable leaders in the world of Photography.
In 2017, Elizabeth received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Griffin Museum of Photography.
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—Mia Tramz, TIME Magazine
"Elizabeth Avedon is one of the most talented and creative people I've ever worked with. Her taste and intelligence are impeccable. She initiated and executed a wide range of projects for my Foundation, not the least of which was my own photography exhibit, portfolio and book, which are still being shown around the world today."
—Richard Gere, President, The Gere Foundation