Richard Avedon | the artist




The artist Richard Avedon
Born 1923, New York City, USA.
Died Oct 1 2004 San Antonio, Texas.

Style and technique of the artist: Photography, Hasselblad Award,

With uncompromising directness, Avedon portrayed his subjects against a white background, with no extraneous details to distract from the essential specificity of face, gaze, dress, and gesture. This challenging innovation, coupled with the artist’s intense interest in his subjects and mastery of his craft, resulted in mesmerizing portraits-among them Truman Capote, Willem de Kooning, Samuel Beckett, Francis Bacon, and Marilyn Monroe, as well as the uncelebrated Americans of his project, "In the American West"-that rival the greatest works in the portrait tradition.


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Artist’s website
John Lennon
Fotomuseum Winterthur
Works in the SFMOMA collection


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