Friday, July 9, 2010

Tribute : the Funny Faces of Richard Avedon

In the fiction, he was Dick Avery, in real life, his name was Richard Avedon. The famous musical starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn was inspired by the life of that peculiar photographer.
Richard Avedon was born in 1923 in New York City. He worked for the most renown fashion magazines including Life, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. He also portrayed the most famous people in the world : the Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, Barack Obama, and many more.
I am really found of his style. As you can see, my new header is inspired by this photo of Elizabeth Taylor. Richard Avedon was able to capture the personality, and even the soul, of his models. Women are not inanimated objects, in front of his camera, they laught, they sing, they dance, they cry. None of them stand emotionless, in the contrary, they are all in motion.

While he was so obsessed with Audrey Hepburn's face, which he shot a lot (including the famous picture of the movie, this overexposed close up which only shows her beautiful features), he also showed the evolution of fashion and women through the last decades of the twentieth century.
His pictures are still a strong influence in nowadays fashion photography.

Richard Avedon left us in 2004. His work is impressive and a piece of history, which everyone should see.

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