I went to the National Portrait Gallery this morning to see the Richard Avedon exhibition – great stuff, well worth getting along to see his amazing portraits.
The work of Richard Avedon is perhaps most readily associated with intimate images of very famous people. These portraits of 20th century superstars are well known because they resist the idealisation of celebrity and reveal the humanness of revered individuals.
Capturing their physical anomalies, their idiosyncratic gestures and their unguarded moments with a shameless clarity, Avedon fosters a sense of familiarity with the famous. And we love this candour in the same way that we enjoy referring to these people who we’ve never met by their first names: Marilyn, Andy, Twiggy; John, Paul, George and Ringo. (more: Richard Avedon: The existential lens – Stephen Zagala)
From the start of his career, Richard Avedon’s name became synonymous with fashion as well as portraiture. He photographed everyone from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Parker and the Duchess of Windsor as well as a lot of “unknown” people.
Known for bringing the fashion models of the day, including Suzy Parker and Sunny Harnett, to life, Richard Avedon injected a previously unseen vibrancy into the medium of fashion photography. (more: Richard Avedon Biography by Jo Craven for Vogue UK)
All images © The Richard Avedon Foundation, New York.
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