How I love his black and white photography skills. So elegant, chic, raw, edgy, but most of all….. wonderful.
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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Biography Source: Wikipedia
Photo Souce: Google Images