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 a jurist for the 2017, 8th Edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award in Paris. She recently curated the 22nd Peter Urban Legacy Exhibition for the Griffin Museum of Photography; and curated APA-LA’s “Off The Clock” exhibition. Additionally, she is a Reviewer for The New York Times Lens Portfolio Review; Photolucida; Review Santa Fe; the Landskrona Fotofestival Review in Sweden; Filter Photo Festival, and created the black/white publication, “fossils of light + time,” for the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography. Her writings on photography include, the recent essay for Dornith Doherty’s monograph, “Archiving Eden” (Schilt Publishing, 2017) and "Self Portrait: My Impressions of Vivian Maier" for John Maloof’s "Vivian Maier: Self Portraits” (powerHouse Books, 2013). As a contributor to “L’oeil de la Photographie,” she profiles notable leaders in the world of Photography, such as Joel-Peter Witkin, W.M. Hunt, Anne Wilkes Tucker, among many others.
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 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, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, among others; “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.
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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