100 top photographers

Richard Avedon


PhotoUtopia Intro: With a career as staff photographer for first Harper’s Bazaar and later Vogue, Avedon’s style is direct and uncompromising, there is little to distract you when looking at his work, a simple minimalist / graphic approach, that allows the viewer to connect directly with those portrayed. Avedon was very aware that not all portraits portray the sitters soul or personality, and in his work this is exactly what he set out to achieve. Avedon career was assisted at Harper’s Bazaar by Lillian Bassman, who was clearly one of Avedon’s influences.


Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004), was an American photographer. An obituary, published in The New York Times following Avedon's death said that, "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century."[1]

Official Site: www.richardavedon.com/
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