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Avedon

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 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.

Avedon’s 8″ x 10″ portrait of his son, his father, and himself during a visit to Jacob Avedon’s home in Sarasota, Florida, August 9, 1969
Avedon’s 8″ x 10″ portrait of his son, his father, and himself during a visit to Jacob Avedon’s home in Sarasota, Florida, August 9, 1969
Richard  Avedon was photographed by John Loengard in 1994
Richard Avedon was photographed by John Loengard in 1994
Marilyn Monroe and Richard Avedon by Sam Shaw, 1954
Marilyn Monroe and Richard Avedon by Sam Shaw, 1954
Diana Vreeland, Dovima and Richard Avedon, 1950s
Diana Vreeland, Dovima and Richard Avedon, 1950s
Richard Avedon at the Marlborogh Gallery by Gideon Lewin, 1980s
Richard Avedon at the Marlborogh Gallery by Gideon Lewin, 1980s
Richard Avedon with Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw, 1954
Richard Avedon with Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw, 1954
Richard Avedon with Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw, 1954
Richard Avedon with Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw, 1954
Richard Avedon with Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw, 1954
Richard Avedon with Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw, 1954
Marilyn Monroeon on the Richard Avedon's studio, 1954
Marilyn Monroeon on the Richard Avedon's studio, 1954
Richard Avedon by Patrick Demarchelier, 2000s
Richard Avedon by Patrick Demarchelier, 2000s
Richard Avedon by Roxanne Lowit, Milan, 1995
Richard Avedon by Roxanne Lowit, Milan, 1995
Richard Avedon by Annie Leibovitz
Richard Avedon by Annie Leibovitz
Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Helmut Newton by Roxanne Lowit, NY, 1983
Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Helmut Newton by Roxanne Lowit, NY, 1983
Richard Avedon ,Gloria Vanderbilt and Sidney Lumet, avant-première of East of Eden directed by Elia Kazan, 1955
Richard Avedon ,Gloria Vanderbilt and Sidney Lumet, avant-première of East of Eden directed by Elia Kazan, 1955
Richard Avedon and Carmel Snow, Paris, 1940s
Richard Avedon and Carmel Snow, Paris, 1940s
Richard Avedon's assistant Earl Steinbicker, 1953
Richard Avedon's assistant Earl Steinbicker, 1953
Richard Avedon exhibition, Smithsonian Institution, 1962
Richard Avedon exhibition, Smithsonian Institution, 1962
Richard and Doe Avedon by Paul Himmel, Fire Island Ferry, late 1940s
Richard and Doe Avedon by Paul Himmel, Fire Island Ferry, late 1940s
Richard Avedon's studio at 640 Madison Avenue, New York City, 1950s
Richard Avedon's studio at 640 Madison Avenue, New York City, 1950s
Doe Avedon, first wife of Richard Avedon, by Bob Landry, 1948
Doe Avedon, first wife of Richard Avedon, by Bob Landry, 1948
Richard Avedon, Marilyn Monroe, New York City, May 6, 1957
Richard Avedon, Marilyn Monroe, New York City, May 6, 1957
Richard Avedon, Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes, NY, December 1953
Richard Avedon, Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes, NY, December 1953
Sophia Loren and Richard Avedon by Tazio Secchiaroli, 1966
Sophia Loren and Richard Avedon by Tazio Secchiaroli, 1966
Richard Avedon by Jacques-Henri Lartigue 1966
Richard Avedon by Jacques-Henri Lartigue 1966
Richard Avedon and Fred Astaire on the set of Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, 1957
Richard Avedon and Fred Astaire on the set of Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, 1957
Richard Avedon, 1950s
Richard Avedon, 1950s
Andy Warhol, Jay Johnson and Candy Darling by Richard Avedon, New York, August 20, 1969
Andy Warhol, Jay Johnson and Candy Darling by Richard Avedon, New York, August 20, 1969
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller by Richard Avedon, New York, May 8, 1957
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller by Richard Avedon, New York, May 8, 1957
Francis Bacon and Richard Avedon, Paris, 1979
Francis Bacon and Richard Avedon, Paris, 1979
Richard Avedon and  Sophia Loren, NY, 1966
Richard Avedon and Sophia Loren, NY, 1966
Richard Avedon and Sophia Loren by Tazio Secchiaroli, 1966
Richard Avedon and Sophia Loren by Tazio Secchiaroli, 1966
Richard Avedon with Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw, 1954
Richard Avedon with Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw, 1954
Richard Avedon and Avedon assistant's Earl Steinbicker, Jamaica, 1956
Richard Avedon and Avedon assistant's Earl Steinbicker, Jamaica, 1956
Richard Avedont with Henry Wolf and Unidentified Man, 1958
Richard Avedont with Henry Wolf and Unidentified Man, 1958
Richard Avedon, Self portrait, New-York, 1963
Richard Avedon, Self portrait, New-York, 1963
Richard Avedon by Nina Leen, 1950
Richard Avedon by Nina Leen, 1950
Richard Avedon, Carmel Snow and Marie-Louise Bousquet by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris 1951
Richard Avedon, Carmel Snow and Marie-Louise Bousquet by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris 1951
Judy Garland and Richard Avedon, 1956
Judy Garland and Richard Avedon, 1956
Marilyn Monroe by Richard Avedon, 1957
Marilyn Monroe by Richard Avedon, 1957
Veruschka with Richard Avedon, dress by Kimberly, New York, January 1967
Veruschka with Richard Avedon, dress by Kimberly, New York, January 1967
Richard Avedon, Earl Steinbicker and Mrs. Donen by Stanley Donen, 1957
Richard Avedon, Earl Steinbicker and Mrs. Donen by Stanley Donen, 1957
Richard Avedon and Sophia Loren by Tazio Secchiaroli, 1966
Richard Avedon and Sophia Loren by Tazio Secchiaroli, 1966
Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon, 1959
Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon, 1959
Richard Avedon with Juliette Binoche by Marion Stalens, 1995
Richard Avedon with Juliette Binoche by Marion Stalens, 1995
Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Richard Avedon by Jacques-Henri Lartigue, 1966
Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Richard Avedon by Jacques-Henri Lartigue, 1966
Richard Avedon by Pepe Diniz, New York, 1976
Richard Avedon by Pepe Diniz, New York, 1976
Richard Avedon, Self portrait, 1979
Richard Avedon, Self portrait, 1979
Maurice Béjart and Richard Avedon, Lausanne, 1998
Maurice Béjart and Richard Avedon, Lausanne, 1998
Richard Avedon, Self portrait, 1950s
Richard Avedon, Self portrait, 1950s
Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Richard Avedon by Jacques-Henri Lartigue, 1966
Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Richard Avedon by Jacques-Henri Lartigue, 1966
Richard Avedon, Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Florette by Yvette Troispoux, 1990s
Richard Avedon, Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Florette by Yvette Troispoux, 1990s
Richard Avedon by Jacques-Henri Lartigue, 1966
Richard Avedon by Jacques-Henri Lartigue, 1966
Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer by Henry Wolf, 1959
Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer by Henry Wolf, 1959
Richard Avedon, 1950s
Richard Avedon, 1950s
Alexey Brodovitch and Richard Avedon, 1957
Alexey Brodovitch and Richard Avedon, 1957
Richard Avedon by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1975
Richard Avedon by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1975
Richard Avedon by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1963
Richard Avedon by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1963
Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, 1957. Photo by Richard Avedon
Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, 1957. Photo by Richard Avedon
Richard Avedon and Audrey Hepburn on the set of Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, 1957
Richard Avedon and Audrey Hepburn on the set of Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, 1957
Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon for Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, 1957
Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon for Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, 1957
Richard Avedon and Audrey Hepburn, 1959
Richard Avedon and Audrey Hepburn, 1959
Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon, 1957
Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon, 1957
Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon by Harper's Bazaar, 1961
Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon by Harper's Bazaar, 1961
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Richard Avedon with Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw, 1954
Richard Avedon with Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw, 1954
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Avedon at work in the american West by Laura Wilson, 1980s
Truman Capote by Richard Avedon, 1955
Truman Capote by Richard Avedon, 1955
Richard Avedon on his studio, September 1984
Richard Avedon on his studio, September 1984
Perry Smith and Truman Capote by Richard Avedon, 1955
Perry Smith and Truman Capote by Richard Avedon, 1955
Richard Avedon, Self portrait, 1948
Richard Avedon, Self portrait, 1948
Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1950s
Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1950s
Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Avedon, 1964
Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Avedon, 1964
Richard Avedon by John Loengard, 1994
Richard Avedon by John Loengard, 1994
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