THROUGHOUT HIS CELEBRATED career, Richard Avedon photographed the powerful (Ronald Reagan, George Wallace, Malcolm X) as well as ordinary people caught up in national issues (the Chicago Seven) and those whose relationship to power was tangential (the Generals of the Daughters of the American Revolution) for magazines like the New Yorker and Rolling Stone. Now, the Corcoran presents nearly 250 of Avedon’s political photographs, including many never-before-seen works.

&raquo Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW; through Jan. 25, 202-639-1700

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