Prints by Richard Avedon
Born and raised in New York City by a family involved in the fashion world, Avedon took an interest in fashion and photography from an early age. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School where he managed the school’s literary magazine, The Magpie, with fellow classmate and long time friend, James Baldwin. Avedon enrolled in Columbia University, but dropped out after one year to serve in the Merchant Marines during World War II. As a Marine, his primary duty was to photograph sailors for identification portraits. After fulfilling his military duties, Avedon attended the New School of Social Research to study under Harper’s Bazaar’s art director, Alexey Brodovitch in1944. The photographers quickly developed a close relationship and after one year of working together, Brodovitch hired him as staff photographer for the magazine. After a few years of photographing daily life in New York, Avedon was given the assignment of covering the notorious fashion week in Paris. Throughout the next ten years, he photographed the models out and about in the city of Paris, posing in places like cafes and streetcars. Avedon worked at Harper’s Bazaar for twenty years, and left to work for another notable fashion magazine, Vogue, where he remained for almost twenty-five years.