Photography: Richard Avedon Portraits
Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) An obituary published in 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.” I’ll buy that. My favorites of all his work though are his portraits. I’m a sucker for the straight-on, harshly lit face – where you can see every wrinkle and blemish. The photos of director John Ford (photo 2) and jazz trumpetor Chet Baker (photo 5) are beautiful. I love the completly disinterested/vacant look on Marilyn’s face (photo 4), it makes for a much more interesting shot then the usual Marilyn beauty photos. Avedon’s fashion photography is equally as compelling, but that’s another post.