“His fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century.”
( Andy Grundberg, The New York Times)
But not only America’s image of style, beauty and culture was defined by Richard Avedon – his images have shaped and always will influence today’s photography.
Richard Avedon was born into a world coined by fashion. His mother’s family owned a dress manufacturing business. Avedon’s childhood was full of fabrics, color and fashion magazines – he even decorated his room with cut out fashion photographs he admired.
It is seems not surprising that Avedon started his career – after his first photographical training at the Merchant Marine – as a fashion photographer. His photographs started to appear in famous fashion magazines, like Junior Bazaar and Harper’s Bazaar.