Dick Hickock, Murderer, Garden City, Kansas

Richard Avedon (American, New York 1923–2004 San Antonio, Texas)
April 1960
Gelatin silver print
Image: 50.8 x 50.8cm (20 x 20in.)
Frame: 59.7 x 59.7 cm (23 1/2 x 23 1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of the artist, 2002
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Rights and Reproduction:
© Richard Avedon
Not on view
In April 1960 Avedon traveled to Garden City, Kansas, to photograph the individuals connected with the savage murder of the four-member Clutter family in their remote farmhouse. He came at the request of his friend Truman Capote, who was there gathering material for his groundbreaking true-crime novel In Cold Blood (1966). Working with a handheld Rolleiflex camera, Avedon made this striking photograph of one of the killers, Richard "Dick" Hickcock, while he was in jail awaiting trial. The mug shot–like portrait captures Hickock’s sullen, lopsided face with mesmerizing clarity, as if searching for physiognomic clues to his criminal pathology.
the artist

Marlborough Gallery. "Richard Avedon, Photographer," September 10, 1975–October 4, 1975.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play," March 7, 2016–July 31, 2016.

Avedon, Richard. Portraits: Richard Avedon. 1st ed. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2002.