Photography

Avedon, Richard (1923 - 2004)

The American photographer first turned himself to fashion photography, closely collaborating with Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar - one of Diana Vreeland’s favorites - before moving into journalism and artistic portraiture. He revolutionized postwar’s fashion photography while he established the impactful figure of models, highlighting such figures as Dovima, Veruschka or Stephanie Seymour - a trademark that influenced the film Funny Face in 1956 and that featured one of his favorite sitters, Audrey Hepburn. A formidable portraitist, he gave birth to minimalist yet highly emotional and radical close-ups that diffused compassionate feelings while the most intimate anxieties of his sitters could be revealed: ‘A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he's being photographed and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he's wearing or how he looks’. Despite from all the major celebrities and cultural figures he illustrated in his photographies, Richard Avedon also dedicated himself to documentary projects: images of rural workers, active demonstrators, asylum patients…The comprehension of the photographers’ work may reside in his sister, Louise, whom he loved to capture. She was beautiful and schizophrenic and spent much of her life in mental institutions. When Richard Avedon once confessed all his first brunette gracious models were memories of his sister, one can only notice that his career affiliated the two faces of his beloved sibling: her beauty and her alienation - glamour and melancholy.

Tags / Richard Avedon - American Photographer - 1960s - Portrait - Minimalism - Fragility
Richard Avedon, Louise Nevelson, Sculptor, 1975
Richard Avedon, Louise Nevelson, Sculptor, 1975
Richard Avedon, Debbie McClendon, Carney, Thermopolis, 1981
Richard Avedon, Debbie McClendon, Carney, Thermopolis, 1981
Richard Avedon, Marian Anderson, Contralto, 1955
Richard Avedon, Marian Anderson, Contralto, 1955
Richard Avedon, Savion Glover, Dancer, 1995
Richard Avedon, Savion Glover, Dancer, 1995
Richard Avedon, Björk, 2000
Richard Avedon, Björk, 2000
Richard Avedon, Alberto Giacometti, 1958
Richard Avedon, Alberto Giacometti, 1958
Richard Avedon, Rudolf Nureyev, 1962
Richard Avedon, Rudolf Nureyev, 1962
Richard Avedon, Francis Bacon, 1979
Richard Avedon, Francis Bacon, 1979
Richard Avedon, June Leaf, Sculptor, 1975
Richard Avedon, June Leaf, Sculptor, 1975
Richard Avedon, Malcolm X, 1963
Richard Avedon, Malcolm X, 1963
Richard Avedon, Anjelica Huston for Vogue Italia, 1971
Richard Avedon, Anjelica Huston for Vogue Italia, 1971
Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn for Harper's Bazaar, 1961
Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn for Harper's Bazaar, 1961
Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn, 1967
Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn, 1967
Richard Avedon, Bianca Jagger, 1972
Richard Avedon, Bianca Jagger, 1972
Richard Avedon, Björk, 2004
Richard Avedon, Björk, 2004
Richard Avedon, Brooke Shields, 1986. Graphic by Keith Haring
Richard Avedon, Brooke Shields, 1986. Graphic by Keith Haring
Richard Avedon, Cate Blanchett, 1997
Richard Avedon, Cate Blanchett, 1997
Richard Avedon, Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni, 1973
Richard Avedon, Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni, 1973
Richard Avedon, Doe Avedon, 1940s
Richard Avedon, Doe Avedon, 1940s
Richard Avedon, Gloria Vanderbilt, 1953
Richard Avedon, Gloria Vanderbilt, 1953
Richard Avedon, Isabella Rossellini for Vogue US, 1982
Richard Avedon, Isabella Rossellini for Vogue US, 1982
Richard Avedon, B.J Van Fleet, nine-year-old, Montana, 1982
Richard Avedon, B.J Van Fleet, nine-year-old, Montana, 1982
Richard Avedon, Dorian Leigh, Paris Studio, 1949
Richard Avedon, Dorian Leigh, Paris Studio, 1949
Richard Avedon Self portrait with Sophia Loren, NY, 1966
Richard Avedon Self portrait with Sophia Loren, NY, 1966
Richard Avedon, Dovima with Elephants, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima with Elephants, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, 1955
Richard Avedon, Isabella Rossellini for Vogue US, 1982
Richard Avedon, Isabella Rossellini for Vogue US, 1982
Richard Avedon, Isabelle Adjani, 1994
Richard Avedon, Isabelle Adjani, 1994
Richard Avedon, Isabelle Adjani, 1994
Richard Avedon, Isabelle Adjani, 1994
Richard Avedon, Jackie and John F. Kennedy, 1961
Richard Avedon, Jackie and John F. Kennedy, 1961
Richard Avedon, Janis Joplin, 1968
Richard Avedon, Janis Joplin, 1968
Richard Avedon, Jay Johnson, Andy Warhol and Candy Darling, 1969
Richard Avedon, Jay Johnson, Andy Warhol and Candy Darling, 1969
Richard Avedon, Jean Renoir, 1975
Richard Avedon, Jean Renoir, 1975
Richard Avedon, John F. Kennedy and Caroline, 1961
Richard Avedon, John F. Kennedy and Caroline, 1961
Richard Avedon, John Ford, 1972
Richard Avedon, John Ford, 1972
Richard Avedon, Kate Moss, 1998
Richard Avedon, Kate Moss, 1998
Richard Avedon, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, 1957
Richard Avedon, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, 1957
Richard Avedon, Marlon Brando and Franck Sinatra, 1955
Richard Avedon, Marlon Brando and Franck Sinatra, 1955
Richard Avedon, Mia Farrow, 1966
Richard Avedon, Mia Farrow, 1966
Richard Avedon, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Twyla Tharp, 1975
Richard Avedon, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Twyla Tharp, 1975
Richard Avedon, Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, 1981
Richard Avedon, Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, 1981
Richard Avedon, Paloma Picasso for Vogue, 1980
Richard Avedon, Paloma Picasso for Vogue, 1980
Richard Avedon, Patti Smith, 1998
Richard Avedon, Patti Smith, 1998
Richard Avedon, Penelope Tree, 1967
Richard Avedon, Penelope Tree, 1967
Richard Avedon, Bernard and Annabel Buffet, 1959
Richard Avedon, Bernard and Annabel Buffet, 1959
Richard Avedon, Brigitte Bardot, 1959
Richard Avedon, Brigitte Bardot, 1959
Richard Avedon, Catherine Deneuve, 1968
Richard Avedon, Catherine Deneuve, 1968
Richard Avedon, François Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Léaud, 1971
Richard Avedon, François Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Léaud, 1971
Richard Avedon, Maria Callas, 1970
Richard Avedon, Maria Callas, 1970
Richard Avedon, Pablo Picasso, 1958
Richard Avedon, Pablo Picasso, 1958
Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, 1969
Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, 1969
Richard Avedon, Bob Dylan, Central Park, New York, 1965
Richard Avedon, Bob Dylan, Central Park, New York, 1965
Richard Avedon, Dovima with Elephants, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima with Elephants, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, 1955
Richard Avedon, Hansel Nicholas Burrum, coal miner, Colorado, 1979
Richard Avedon, Hansel Nicholas Burrum, coal miner, Colorado, 1979
Richard Avedon, Janis Joplin, 1969
Richard Avedon, Janis Joplin, 1969
Richard Avedon, Marcel Duchamp, 1958
Richard Avedon, Marcel Duchamp, 1958
Richard Avedon, Marilyn Monroe, 1957
Richard Avedon, Marilyn Monroe, 1957
Richard Avedon, Maurizio Cattelan, 2004
Richard Avedon, Maurizio Cattelan, 2004
Richard Avedon, New York Life #2, Harlem, 1949
Richard Avedon, New York Life #2, Harlem, 1949
Richard Avedon, Barbra Streisand, 1965
Richard Avedon, Barbra Streisand, 1965
Richard Avedon, Buster Keaton, 1952
Richard Avedon, Buster Keaton, 1952
Richard Avedon, Elizabeth Taylor, 1964
Richard Avedon, Elizabeth Taylor, 1964
Richard Avedon, Marella Agnelli, 1959
Richard Avedon, Marella Agnelli, 1959
Richard Avedon, Marlon Brando, 1951
Richard Avedon, Marlon Brando, 1951
Richard Avedon, Self portrait, 1980
Richard Avedon, Self portrait, 1980
Richard Avedon, Self-portrait with Twiggy, 1967
Richard Avedon, Self-portrait with Twiggy, 1967
Richard Avedon, Self-Portrait, 1963
Richard Avedon, Self-Portrait, 1963
Richard Avedon, The Beatles, London, 1967
Richard Avedon, The Beatles, London, 1967
Richard Avedon,  Jacqueline de Ribes, 1953
Richard Avedon, Jacqueline de Ribes, 1953
Richard Avedon, Rudolf Nureyev, 1961
Richard Avedon, Rudolf Nureyev, 1961
Richard Avedon, Rudolf Nureyev, 1961
Richard Avedon, Rudolf Nureyev, 1961
Richard Avedon, Rudolf Nureyev, 1961
Richard Avedon, Rudolf Nureyev, 1961
Richard Avedon, Rudolf Nureyev, 1961
Richard Avedon, Rudolf Nureyev, 1961
Richard Avedon, Sean Penn, 2000s
Richard Avedon, Sean Penn, 2000s
Richard Avedon, Steve McQueen, 1965. Graphic design: Ruth Ansel. Lips: Jean Shrimpton
Richard Avedon, Steve McQueen, 1965. Graphic design: Ruth Ansel. Lips: Jean Shrimpton
Richard Avedon, Sylvie Guillem, 1991
Richard Avedon, Sylvie Guillem, 1991
Richard Avedon, Tilda Swinton, 1993
Richard Avedon, Tilda Swinton, 1993
Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, 1955
Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, 1955
Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, 1958
Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, 1958
Richard Avedon, Twiggy, 1967
Richard Avedon, Twiggy, 1967
Richard Avedon, Veruschka, 1972
Richard Avedon, Veruschka, 1972
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