Each weekend we look at a photographer who’s influenced the photography world.  Richard Avedon is this week’s subject.

Richard Avedon (1923—2004) was a fashion and portrait photographer.  The New York Times said that “his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century.”

He began his career as an advertising photographer working for a department store.  But his work soon caught the eye of the fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar. He went on to shoot for other magazine such as Vogue, Life, and Theatre Arts Magazine. In fact he shot nearly every cover of Vogue from 1973—1988.

He is famous for innovative techniques. He bucked standard trends of having models stand motionless and instead focussed on adding movement and emotion.  He often shot action shots and outdoor settings, but was also an expert in studio work.

His work wasn’t just limited to fashion though as he made notable photos of many music and film icons as well as politicians and civic leaders. Some of his most notable work though was when he turned his camera to subjects like mental health, civil rights, and the Vietnam War.

Be sure to explore his work and watch the documentary film above.


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Join the conversation! 6 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on Photomontage: Life in Progress and commented:
    To all my photographers, here is a tribute to Richard Avedon.

  2. Nice to see someone paying homage to some of the greatest photographers who ever lived. Its sometimes hard to view photos these days with all the low quality camera phone pics flooding the internet. We can never hope to come close to Avedon’s greatness but with the right training it is possible to take some fantastic photos. I found a great DSLR course at http://dailypromotions.weebly.com/photography.html

  3. When I was a student in art school, I had the great fortune to assist Mr. Avedon for a weekend shoot in LA, at Mr. Hal Adam’s studio in the heart of West Hollywood.

    Avedon exuded abundant energy, grace, charm, charisma, and kindness. Even though I was the second assistant, he treated me as if I were as important as anyone else on the set, including Raquel Welch, Deborah Raffin, and the editor from Vogue, Polly Mellen.

    He was a brilliant photographer and great human being.

  4. I studied extensively with Richard Avedon, everything i know is thanks to him, he was great in everything he did.


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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.


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