Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Richard Avedon

At age 17 Avedon dropped out of highschool and joined the merchant marine's photographic section, taking personnel identification photos. Later, he went on several missions to photograph shipwrecks. Upon his return in 1944, he found a job as a photographer in a department store. Avedon made his living primarily through in advertising. As a staff photographer for Harper's Bazaar and later for Vogue, Avedon became well know for his stylistically innovative fashion work, often set in a vivid and surprising locales. Although Avedon first earned his reputation as a fashion photographer, his greatest achievement has been his reinvention of the genre of photographic portraiture. His ability to express the essence of his subject. Avedon’s pictures continue to bring us a closer, more intimate view of the great and the famous. The portraits are often well lit and in front of white backdrops, with no props or extraneous details to distract from their person - from the essential specificity of face, gaze, dress, and gesture. when printed, the images regularly contain the dark outline of the film in which the image was framed.
If you were to ask me a couple years ago if I liked portrait photography I would say no. But for my work lately I have been changing the concept for portraits. I've been taking portraits of people based on their surroundings and environment. Meaning they are portraits without actual people in the pictures. So I guess in order for me to get there I have been studying a lot of different portrait photographers. 

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