Sponsored by the Versace fashion house, a new photographic exhibition called "Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004" opened at Milan’s FORMA International Centre for Photography (formafoto.it) this week.

The exhibition of 250 images celebrates the late photographer's lifetime achievements and his long and successful collaboration with the Italian fashion brand.

Avedon (1923-2004) is considered one of the greatest American photographers and was the first to break the barrier between studio and reportage. For over 50 years he was one of the most important names in fashion; he is best known for being the first to give his models vitality and for expressing their real personalities in his photos instead of just portraying them as “human coat hangers.”

In addition shooting high-profile fashion models, Avedon produced portraits of Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Karen Blixen, Truman Capote, Henry Kissinger, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Edward Kennedy, the Beatles, Andy Warhol and Francis Bacon, among others.

Following the Italian showing at FORMA, the exhibition will move to Paris at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, to Berlin at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, to Amsterdam at the FOAM_Fotografiemuseum and to the SFMOMA in San Francisco.

An accompanying book of the same name has been published by Contrasto.

"Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004" runs in Milan until June 8.

FORMA International Photographic Centre
Piazza Tito Lucrezio Caro, 1
Open daily from 10am to 8pm.
Thursday from 10am until 10pm. Closed Mondays.
Ticket prices: 7.50 Euros, concessions 6 Euros, school parties 4 Euros.
Tel. +39 02 58118067