Monday, June 8, 2009

kat: fashion photographer & illustrator

Acclaimed Fashion and Portrait Photographer. Although he spent most of his 60-year career with the glamor magazines Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, his most distinctive work can be found in his no-frills, black-and-white celebrity portraits. Among Avedon's most famous images: a supine Nastassia Kinski wearing only a python; a close-up of painter Andy Warhol's bullet-scarred torso; a Chanel-clad model cavorting with a pair of live elephants. Avedon’s fashion photographs are characterized by a strong black-and-white contrast that creates an effect of austere sophistication. In his portraits of celebrities and other sitters, he created a sense of drama by often using a stark, white background and eliciting a frontal, confrontational pose.
Of his art Avedon once said, "All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." A major retrospective of Avedon's photographs was held at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2002. He died at 81, after suffering a stroke.
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