“My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.”
Richard Avedon’s fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half of the 20th century.Mr. Avedon’s photographs captured the freedom, excitement and energy of fashion as it entered an era of transformation and popularization. No matter what the prevailing style, his camera eye always found a way to dramatize its spirit as the fashion world’s creative attention swayed variously from the “New Look” of liberated Paris to pragmatic American sportswear designed in New York, and from the anti-establishment fashion of London’s Carnaby Street to sophisticated, tailored dresses and suits from Milan.
Avedon’s women leaped off curbs, roller-skated on the Place de la Concorde, and kicked up their heels in nightclubs, animated by the freedom of the postwar era, the frivolity of youth, and the fabulousness of fashion.