Richard Avedon

How I love his black and white photography skills. So elegant, chic, raw, edgy, but most of all….. wonderful.

Biography:

Avedon was born in New York to a Jewish-Russian family in 1923.  He has worked for astound fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue for many year, being the head photographer from the 1970s to the late 1980s (up until Anna Wintour tookover as editor in chief). He also took pictures of famous stars, such as the Beatles (who featured his photography in one of their albums), Marilyn Monroe, and many others. Notably, Avedon became the first staff photographer of the New Yorker in 1992.

He was an activist for the Civil Rights movements,  anti-Vietnam war movements, and others. He took photos of protests of these movements, along with the fall of the Berlin wall.

Avedon spent some years in Europe photographing high-end fashion in Paris after the Second World War. Avedon has many collections, but he is renown for his black and white shots, and his huge prints, some of which are as big as 3 feet. He has won many awards, including the International Center of Photography Master of Photography Award in 1993, the Prix Nadar in 1994 for his photobook Evidence, and the Royal Photographic Society 150th Anniversary Medal in 2003.

In 2004, Avedon died from a brain hemorrhage while shooting for the New Yorker.

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Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon- High Fashion

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon- the man himself

Richard Avedon- the man himself

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon-Fashion

Richard Avedon- one of his most famous pieces

Richard Avedon- one of his most famous pieces

Richard Avedon- picture of Bob Dylan

Richard Avedon- picture taken of Bob Dylan

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon- picture taken of the Kennedys.

Richard Avedon- picture taken of the Kennedys.

Richard Avedon- I love the silhouettes of the dress.

Richard Avedon- I love the silhouettes of the dress.

Richard Avedon- picture taken of the Beatles.

Richard Avedon- picture taken of the Beatles.

Richard Avedon- picture taken of Lillian Russel

Richard Avedon- picture taken of Lillian Russel

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon- High Fashion

Richard Avedon- High Fashion

Richard Avedon- High Fashion

Richard Avedon- High Fashion

Richard Avedon- piture taken of Marilyn Monroe

Richard Avedon- picture taken of Marilyn Monroe

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon- High Fashion

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon- High Fashion 1955

Richard Avedon- High Fashion 1955

Richard Avedon- Self Portrait

Richard Avedon- Self Portrait

Biography Source:  Wikipedia

Photo Souce: Google Images

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Richard Avedon

  1. severnyproductions

    Some people think that black and white photography is redundant but i disagree sometimes colour can distract the viewer from the real beauty of the image.
    These photographs prove my point

  2. itsandbits

    Well said! I agree with you.
    Sometimes just a hint or accent of any color really accentuates a picture. But black and white really emphasize shapes and shadows in my opinion.

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