Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) was an American photographer. He was the American photographer. There is very little I can write here that can adequately explain how talented or influential Richard Avedon was. He was a photographer, yes, but what he did behind the camera was so much greater than that.
Richard saw in photography it’s ability to capture the soul and personality of its subjects. He was a master at being able to capture something tangible and real about his subjects, even if it was something the subjects weren’t necessarily willing to reveal. It was with these talents that he managed to give America an image, an identity; a reflection of society at its highest and lowest.
He was a true master of his craft.
I am a big fan of both his fashion & portrait work.
Here are some of my favorites...
Marilyn Monroe as silent screen star Theda Bara. From Life Magazine's fabled, "Enchantress Series," 1958
Nadja Auermann 1995
Dovima in Dior & the elephants taken at the "Cirque d'hiver de Paris" in august 1955
The photograph of Dovima in the black dress with elephants was reprinted many times but the image of Dovima in white was printed only once and the negative no longer exists. “It disappeared mysteriously,” Avedon said
Stephanie Seymour Dress and shoes by Chanel, Paris 1994