In addition to straightforward fashion shoots, which secured the financial basis of his practice, Avedon left a collection of impressive shoots of public figures to illustrate magazine articles and a fascinating panorama of the cultural and political elites of America as well as the everyday life of anonymous people in the streets of southern Italy and New York. Celebrated as one of the most important and influential photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, Richard Avedon (1923–2004) worked for ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ from 1945 to 1965, the period in which the photographer was most active and productive. Already early on, his theatrically staged, yet strikingly dynamic images of the key fashion trends and celebrities of the time captured and defined the ‘look’ of the moment. In 1966 he joined ‘Vogue’ where he held the position of staff photographer until 1990. From 1980 he photographed the annual advertising campaigns for Gianni Versace; from 1985 he worked for the French magazine ‘Egoïste’, from 1992 for ‘The New Yorker’. RICHARD AVEDON. MURALS AND PORTRAITS is on view at Museum Brandhorst in Germany from July 17th, 2014. Images courtesy: Museum Brandhorst.
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