Artist of the moment….Photographer Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon was an American photographer born in New York City in 1923. Avedon was renown for his photography with celebrities and also people that you wouldn’t normally associate with Fine Art photography such as mental patients. His father came from Russia and after a rough beginning in the States opened a successful retail clothing store. His mother came from a family that owned a dress manufacturing business. From a young age the artist was exposed to fashion and art.

price range information: Many works are priced between $2,000 and $6,000 to a high of $723,000 for an edition of the Beatles.

Avedon was great at capturing movement, he did this by cropping pictures.

Below a brief clip from the B.B.C.

Some other individuals the artist found interesting to capture on film were his father and his battle with cancer, mental patients, and even farmers.

Avedon was also a great writer and poet.

In the World War 2 Avedon joined the Merchant Marines. After his departure Avedon became a department store photographer. This led to employment in the fashion photography industry working with Harpers Bazaar. He would continue to mentor under Alexey Brodovitch at the New School for Social Research. The art director at Harper’s from 1944 to 1950 before eventually opening up his own studio.

In addition to Harper’s Avedon worked for Vogue and the New Yorker magazines.

In 1985 Richard Avedon was named photographer of the year by the American Society of Magazine Publishers.

Below a montage of images by Richard Avedon. Many celebrity images in this clip.

Another great montage of works.

Avedon passed away in 2004 at the age of 81 years old.

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