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Artist of the moment………..Alexey Brodovitch


Alexey Brodovitch was an twentieth century Russian/ American painter and photographer who was modern in his photography. Alexey Brodovitch was born in Oligotchi, Russian Empire in the year 1898.

His family was well off as his father was a doctor. Unfortunately his family had to flee their homeland to war and the upcoming Bolshevik revolution. Eventually the family would settle in Paris, France.

Brodovitch took a wife and found himself a job for the first time in life painting houses. He would take art classes and through his connections with other artists also earned money as the painter of ballet backgrounds. During this period he also would design textiles and jewelry.

The artist taught many well known modern artists keys to graphic design and advertising. In the United States most advertising art was very romantic in nature and linked to ideas from centuries past. Artists like Jessie Wilcox Smith were very popular. Brodovitch helped to usher in a modern era of American design that studied advertising examples that were popular in Europe, rather than the romantic realism.

Some of his students included famous photographers Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon.

In this clip a brief bio on Alexey Brodovitch with some examples of his work:

Alexey Brodovitch passed away in 1971.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

The artist was among the first to incorporate text and photos in magazine layouts. He was also an outstanding painter of landscapes in an abstract style. Add to his resume the many students who went on to have professional art careers and Brodovitch was a true master artist of the 20th century.

If you enjoy photographs and enjoy looking at photographs in sequences be sure and check out my post on Duane Michals. Michals uses photographs to tell short visual stories.



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.