Anca T

“In our age the photographer and not the philosopher is king” – Richard Avedon

In Uncategorized on March 19, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Everytime I see a photo by Richard Avedon I wonder what’s the story behind it. On one hand, I am mesmerized by the perfect minimalism that he used when shooting portraits. On the other hand, I really admire him for his originality. His photos makes us ask ourselves “how the hell did he get this idea?”. I am talking here about many surprising photos that also took a hard work, like “Dovima with elephants”, “Ronald Fisher”, the very expressive photos with Coco Chanel or Natasha Kinksi posing nude with a snake.

When I wanted to find out more about the greatness of his work I discovered a documentary that emphasizes everything that I needed to know: stories of his photos, testimonials of  people who knew him, moments of his life.

Here it’s the documentary called “Richard Avedon- Darkness and Light”, made in 1996, while Avedon was still alive.

Dovima with elephants (1955)

Ronald Fisher 1971

Coco Chanel

Photo credits: http://www.designboom.com/history/avedon.html

http://www.temple.edu

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