Richard Avedon greatly influenced photography throughout his career. He was very interested in capturing the personality of a person in his portraits, rather than just capturing a likeness. He often shot his portraits in front of a plain white background to in order to focus on the emotion of the subject. Among some of his most famous photographs is this portrait of Marilyn Monroe:
Avedon, however, also recreated the idea of the fashion shoot. Instead of photographing fashion shots with the models standing emotionless and bored-looking, acting simply as a standing hanger for the clothes, he captured them with emotion
n and usually in action.
Here are some of my favorites:
Avedon was also the inspiration for Dick Avery, the fashion photographer played by Fred Astaire in the 1957 musical movie Funny Face.
He died October 1, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas while shooting for the New Yorker.
•Interested in learning more? The Richard Avedon Foundation