Richard Avedon was born in New York on May 15, 1923 and died on October 1, 2004 in San Antonio.
Richard Avedon was an American fashion and portrait photographer.
The images regularly contain the dark outline of the film in which the image was framed. Avedons portraits are also well lit and infront of white backdrops.
He worked first as a photographer for the Merchant Marines, taking identification photos. He then moved to fashion, shooting for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.
Avedon’s iconic fashion and portraiture work was done with an 8×10 view camera with lenses in the 300 – 360mm range. He appeared to favor a Deardorff for field work, like for In the American West.
He used a bright white background open, shadows, snappy contrast, and absolutely no flare compromising the figure’s edges.
The photographer's first muse was his younger sister, Louise. During her teen years she struggled through psychiatric treatment. And, eventually, becoming increasingly withdrawn from reality, was diagnosed with schizophrenia. These early influences of fashion and family would shape Avedon's life and career, often expressed in his desire to capture tragic beauty in photos.
Richard Avedon was a high school drop out and in 1942 he enlisted in the Merchant Marine's photographic section.
I really liked the way he used his lighting and his portraits. I dislike how most of his pictures are black and white. Would've been better if he added some color. I chose Richard Avedon because I wanted to learn more about him and how he took his portraits.