"Your clothes may say disco, but your eyes say rock'n'roll"

11/7/08

Richard Avedon or the magic of black and white

Avedon was born in New York City. After briefly attending Columbia University, he started as a photographer for the Merchant Marines in 1942, taking identification pictures of the crewmen with his Rolleiflex camera given to him by his father as a going-away present.
In 1944, he began working as an advertising photographer for a department store, but was quickly discovered by Alexey Brodovitch, the art director for the fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar.
Avedon did not conform to the standard technique of taking fashion photographs, where models stood emotionless and seemingly indifferent to the camera. Instead, Avedon showed models full of emotion, smiling, laughing, and, many times, in action.
As Vogue Paris says:
Ramenant célébrités et anonymes à la seule égalité du noir et blanc, les privant de tout contexte ornamental, Avedon confére à ses images une étonnante modernité.
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Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior...
Who doesn't know this image?
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Kennedy
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Marilyn Monroe
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[Dylan, marry me please!]
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Miss Hepburn
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[i love this photo so much]

25 comentarios:

Zepequeña dijo...

Nos has enseñado a un gran maestro!

Te visitare a menudo, me enamoran las fotografias!

Zepequeña.

dijo...

Thanks so much for the great comment, Sweetie. I love that last photo you posted above. Who is she? So cute!! :)

summer mode dijo...

I didn'd known this photographer! great photos! I like its so muchs!
I love the Audrey's photo! It's fantastic!and in Vogue Paris...you bought the Vogue in France when you were,no?;) haha

Crave dijo...

love these photos!! great finds!

michelle dijo...

Those photographs are breath taking!

MY OWN YELLOW CAT dijo...

great Photos!

One it's like a Mary Poppins...

:)

ByE!!!

xxx

Aretha dijo...

Me encanta Ricard Avedon, que elegancia de fotos nos entregó

Krista dijo...

thanks for the comment, music is too like the soundtrack to my life; and i think those pictures are beautiful

Hummingbird dijo...

dear blonde, great post on avedon, sometimes i thinks he´s my favourite...amazing pic the last one, made me think: oh, don.t do that girl...while i´m smoking one right now...i think i did my first almost at the same age, becoming a smoker at 15...- after my vice confession, this pic you´ve got of matthew williamson is so sunny so evocative...many xx!

Patri dijo...

Thanks for bring us the posibilitie to watch again his photos. Besos

Kira Fashion dijo...

Fantastic Photos!!!

atelier dijo...

there is an exhibition of his work in Paris -where I am at the moment- and I will go. he is such a classic; I love his work. I will post something about the exhibition as soon as I'd go; nice post; very informative

DeNae dijo...

Marilyn Monroe gives off a great innocent vibe in this photograph. could you add me as one of you cool blogs

michelle dijo...

I tagged you :D

Héloïse J. dijo...

amazing photos. wish i could go to paris for his exhib.

have a beautiful sunday (:

emma dijo...

beautiful pictures

Times of Glory dijo...

What a great post! I love Richard Avedon! He has that unusual visual talent! I just purely enjoy your post xxxxxxxxxx


p.s. I'm so sorry for belated reply! I am just getting busier and busier and a bit struggling to keep up blogging xxxxxxxx

Old.soul.in.the.city dijo...

gorgeous photos! Love bob dylan :)

J e s s i c a dijo...

I love Richard Avedon very much. He is definatly on my top 3 photographers.
Great post lady !

Ashleigh dijo...

wow wonderful photos!!

MARY dijo...

Chica sabes más que yo...d moda jijiji.M HA ALEGRADO MUCHO RECIBIR TU MENSAJE Y TIENES RAZÓN, ESQUE SE ME PASAO PERO PRONTO LO PONDRE PK MOLAN!
Muchos besos y jo que suerte este ha fotografiao a KENNEDY ;D

Velveteen Rose dijo...

Black and white photography at its finest. I adore the umbrella picture.

Thank you for the lovely comments on my blog!

D-andelion dijo...

the last photo! So beautiful!

sg dijo...

GREAT post, thanks!

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