Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon was born in New York City on May 15, 1923. At the age of 14 he had already made his debut as an author. After his military service he studied at the Design Laboratory in New York. He founded the Richard Avedon Studio in 1946 and from then on his portrait photographs were featured regularly in the »New Yorker«. He worked for fashion magazine »Harper’s Bazaar« from 1945 to 1965 and in 1947 he began working for »Vogue«, assuring his place as a leading fashion and portrait photographer. His subjects included celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Brigitte Bardot and Henry Kissinger. Avedon always used the same minimalist stylistic devices for his portraits: a black-and-white film combined with a neutral, white background. He refrained from using further technical devices. Thus, the subject remained the focus of the photograph, revealing all of their inner as well as outer strengths, weaknesses and character traits.

Richard Avedon died on October 1, 2004 in San Antonio, aged 81.Countless exhibitions, retrospectives and prizes recognize Richard Avedon and his work.

 

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