Portrait and Fashion Photographer Richard Avedon Inspires

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How can anyone dare call themselves a fashion photographer if they never pay homage and respect to the greatest fashion, portrait or other genre photographers of all time that came before them? As a rising photographer and someone who hopes to one day have photographs in historic as well as profound books like iconic photographers such as Richard Avedon, Robert Capa and Nadar to name a few; I believe it is highly important to study these previous photographers who I call masters in photography.

Though some of them have passed while some are still alive, it does not change the fact that reading about these photographers, observing their works, and studying their works all contribute to making me a better photographer or anyone else better at photography.

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A portrait of Richard Avedon and two of his highly praised photographs.

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Fashion Photographer Richard Avedon Inspires

Photographer Richard Avedon (American, 1923–2004) is renowned for his striking, intimate, and dynamic portraits of prominent 20th century figures, as well as images of mental patients, circus performers, and others living on the fringes of society.

Being born in the Big Apple (New York) Avedon joined the military in 1942 before graduating high school, and after returning to the United States in 1944, began working as a department store photographer. Primarily not starting off as a fashion photographer, but starting off shooting as a products photographer many doors would open for the iconic photographer.

He was later employed by Harper’s Bazaar art director Alexey Brodovitch a year later, and upon shooting several successful spreads for the magazine, opened his own studio. Working for Vogue, Look, and other publications, Avedon made his living in advertising photography while increasingly photographing celebrities

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Fashion Photographer Richard Avedon Inspires

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It wasn’t until later in 1989 received an honorary doctorate from the royal college of art in London and in 1992 he became the first staff photographer for the new yorker. ‘the world’s most famous photographer’ trumpeted a 2002 story on avedon in the new york times. it was a title he wore for decades. back in 1958, he was named one of the world’s 10 finest photographers by popular photography magazine (he was also reputed to be the world’s highest-paid photographer). in 2003, he received a national arts award for lifetime achievement.

One of the most difficult things that can destroy or make an artist not reach his goals and dream is lacking persistence. I myself also deal with this as a visual artist, musician and photographer. Knowing the story of Richard Avedon and many others inspire me to continue to shoot, work with others and stay optimistic for the future.
Portrait and Fashion Photographer Richard Avedon Inspires

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

http://www.artnet.com/artists/richard-avedon/
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Kenal Louis

I am a visual artist, graphic designer, photographer and blogger of Kenalsworld. I have enjoyed creating art since the age of 4 and continued to pursue a career in graphic design, web development, photography, and more. I compose digital drawings as well as real mediums, such as acrylic, graphite drawings, watercolor, pastel and oil. Art is a big part of my life and I am glad to be able to share it with my blog viewers and potentially the world. Being a photographer is not too far from being an artist because I do my best to capture people’s essence and presence. Everyone has a different personality and a still image can definitely capture that as a moment stopping time itself. I appreciate every visitor that visits my website so be sure to follow me below on Twitter and Facebook.

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