1923 - 2004 · United States
Richard Avedon was an American fashion and portrait photographer known for his unique minimalist approach and intimate viewpoint. Avedon's iconic style captured and portrayed more than half of the 20th century in an innovative way, overcoming and pushing photography boundaries by adding movement, nudity, and violence. To this day, he also remains one of the most world renowned photographerss;ack. His celebrity portraits, reveal the fundamental humanity of icons such as; Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, The Beatles, Eisenhower, and Bob Dylan.Born on May 15, 1923, in New York, NY he studied at the New School located in New York City. Avedon started his career as a freelance photographer for Harper’s Bazaar and later became head of photography for Vogue before joining the New Yorker in 1992. Throughout his career in journals and magazines, Avedon played a large role in redefining the purpose of photography, “There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.” Richard Avedon is also known for his particular series In the American West which captures the essence of American life in the West of America through figures such as miners and drifters. Published in 1985, these powerful images not only world widely highlighted everyday life human figures but stand as an influential work. Avedon died in San Antonio, TX on October, 1st 2004. Avedon’s works are in permanent collections in museums such the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and Albert and Victoria Museum in London among others. The Richard Avedon foundation is located in New York.