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MONDAY

For those familiar with the late photographer Richard Avedon’s most prominent work, it might seem that a book dedicated to his images of women would be a sick joke. He was, after all, a man whose unforgiving lighting, decontextualized white backgrounds, and skill at finding the most unflattering millisecond to flip the shutter were legendary—but those prints were mostly of men. It’s easy to forget that long before Avedon became the New Yorker’s first staff photographer, he was a major contributor to the far frothier Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, photographing models and celebrities—artily, of course. Before his death in 2004, Avedon selected 125 images for Woman in the Mirror, a lavish volume covering nearly six decades of his work with women. Art historian Anne Hollander, who wrote an essay for the volume, and Jane Livingston, an author and curator who worked with Avedon, will discuss the photographer’s portrayal of women and the impact he had on his field. Hollander and Livingston speak at 7 p.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. $20.