|"ta.bu" january - march 2016
Born in the USA in 1923, he died in 2004.
Richard Avedon became interested in photography as a child and joined a camera club when he was twelve. He served as a photographer in the US army during World War II. After the war, he worked as a freelance photographer for fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Look, as well as for Life. Avedon became especially famous as a portrait photographer, stating: “A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks.” He has photographed some of the most famous people of the 20th century like Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Brigitte Bardot, Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, Alfred Hitchcock, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Elizabeth Taylor, Malcolm X, The Beatles and Marcel Duchamp. Aside from celebrities, Avedon has also photographed the American Civil Rights movement as well as anonymous miners and cowboys for his series In the American West, published in 1985. After his death, his obituary in The New York Times proclaimed that “his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century.”