From the Series: Photographers, Friendships, and the Unique Gruber Collection
In 1977 the L. Fritz and Renate Gruber Collection laid the foundation for the photography collection at the Museum Ludwig. Icons of photographic history from Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, or August Sander offer a panorama of twentieth-century photography. Yet the Gruber Collection is not only unique due to the photographs themselves, but also in light of its genesis. The collection took shape as a result of the collectors’ longtime friendships with the photographers. On the occasion of her eightieth birthday in July 2016, Renate Gruber shares her very personal memories of twenty photographers who are now among the most famous of the twentieth century in our series "Photographers, Friendships, and the Unique Gruber Collection."
Richard Avedon (b. May 15, 1923 in New York City; † October 1, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas) is amongst the most famous photographers of the 20th Century. In 1946 he had established his own studio and began providing images for magazines including The New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and many more. As one of the first photographers he left the studio for his shootings and pictured Haute-Couture models in ordinary set-ups, on the streets etc. Besides his fashion photography he became famous for his distinctive portraits. He documented the Civil Rights movement in 1963, protesters of the Vietnam War, and later the fall of the Berlin Wall.