From the Se­ries: Pho­to­g­ra­phers, Friend­ships, and the Unique Gru­ber Col­lec­tion

Re­nate Gru­ber re­mem­bers:
#05 Richard Ave­don

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.