Richard Avedon

Portrait Photographer

Avedon, Richard (1923- ), American photographer, known for helping revolutionize fashion photography in the 1950s. He later made innovative portraits of writers, musicians, politicians, convicts, and drifters. Avedon created many of his pictures for Vogue, a fashion magazine for which he worked for more than 25 years. His pictures appeared in the magazine alongside those of American photographer Irving Penn. The two are considered the most influential fashion photographers of the second half of the 20th century. © 1993-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth."

"My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph."

--Richard Avedon

 

Look through the following photographs by Richard Avedon. Answer the following questions about the photos.

  1. What can you tell me about the subjects? What's their story?
  2. Do their facial expressions tell anything about them?
  3. How does their dress tell their story?
  4. What other props help tell their story?
  5. What are they doing with their hands and arms? How does that affect the photo?
  6. How is the rule of thirds followed?
  7. According to the quote above, what do the photos say about Richard Avedon?

 

davidbeason

beekeeper

 

miner

 

housekeeper

 

rancher

 

avedon

 

 

monroe

 

singer

 

eisenhower

 

annan

 

kerry

 

clinton

 

business

 

reeve

 

dior

for Christian Dior, fashion advertisement

levis

for Levis, fashion advertisement

 

billblass

for Bill Blass, fashion advertisement

 

 

kencole

for Kenneth Cole, fashion advertisement

 

Same page but with captions.

 

Photos from

www.richardavedon.com

www.temple.edu/photo/photographers/avedon/Avedon.html