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Woman in the Mirror
Among the significant projects of the last year of his life, Richard Avedon (1923-2004) completed a book of his photographs of women. Always transcending categorization-he was both a fashion photographer and known as a "poet of portraiture"-Avedon was interested in seeing how elemental facts of modern life and human existence were reflected in his work. And what could be m ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Harry N. Abrams
(first published May 2005)
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Many of these protraits are familiar to me, since I've seen quite a bit of Avedon's wor through other books, but I really like that this diverse collection is brought together thematically. Women in general have always been a big inspiration for Avedon, so it is no surprise that throughout the periods of his work these was always a feminine focus. What is surprising (and shocking to some) is the inclusion of a few men within the book; gay men, but men none the less. Elton John's portrait, with t ...more
Found an interesting link to Cape Breton when I saw the photograph of June Leaf taken in Mabou. She and her husband, photographer Robert Frank spend time there and Avedon must have visted them and photographed both. Extremely surprising!
By capturing American ideals of celebrity, fashion, and beauty in the 20th and early 21st centuries, Richard Avedon helped to establish photography as a contemporary art form. Avedon’s distinct style of portrait photography is nothing short of iconic. While the portraiture of his contemporaries focused on single moments or composed formal images, his stark lighting and minimalist white backdrops d ...moreMore about Richard Avedon...