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celebrating the work of : photographer richard avedon

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ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON

HIS WORK WAS CANDID, spontaneous and beautifully kinetic. Richard Avedon poured his own energy into photographs, creating heightened and whimsical moments. Penelope Tree and Jean Shrimpton, in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, were seen leaping, twirling and kicking in midair, bringing a childlike sense to the magazines, and creating new, ingenuous versions of the glamorous . . .

ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON
ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON
ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON

His portraits however, were vastly different from his fashion photography, since they depicted his subjects — whether John F. Kennedy and Jackie O, or Marilyn Monroe — with a particular sensitivity to their beauty, flaws and vulnerability. What Avedon did, is to capture a version of each person, that stripped them of their Hollywood or political facade, and instead showed raw human emotions.
 

ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON
ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON
ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON
Real people MOVE, they bear with them the element of time. It is this FOURTH DIMENSION of people that I try to capture in a photograph.” 
 

– Richard Avedon. 

ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON
ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON
ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON
ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON
ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON
ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON
ARTS & CULTURE | PHOTOGRAPHER : RICHARD AVEDON

[Images: 1 – Ideal Studio Blog, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 15 – Pinterest, 4 – NPR, 6 – Cool and Chic, 9 – Dressing Vintage, 10 – Naomie Austin, 11 – Kamera Work, 12 – Faded and Blurred, 13 – The Celebrity, 14 – Rare Audrey Hepburn]

 
Victoria | Contributor, London
Fashion Contributor, London

Victoria lives in the south of Spain, having moved there from her native country Ukraine when she was just a child. She finds herself looking up to timeless icons from past decades including Jackie O, Grace Kelly, Katherine Deneuve and Audrey Hepburn, and longing for sunny afternoons on the French Riviera and walks along the Seine during spring. Always overdressed and dishing out on tailored pieces and shoes – secretly dreaming they were from Dior or Saint Laurent – she dresses for herself rather than others, and would trade breakfast for Vogue or a one way ticket to anywhere beautiful.
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