Dovima with Elephants by Richard Avedon

Created

1955

Medium

silver gelatin print

Size

10 x 15 inches

Description

American fashion and portrait photographer, Richard Avedon, was known for breaking the photography boundaries in the fashion and political world. Ranging from work found in Vogue to the New Yorker, Avedon was able to capture the rare emotion and a unique essence of his subjects that many other photographers failed to do.

Richard Avedon (1923-2004) revolutionized fashion photography starting in the post-World War II era and redefined the role of the fashion photographer. Anticipating many of the cultural cross-fertilizations that have occurred between high art, commercial art, fashion, advertising, and pop culture in the last twenty years, he created spirited, imaginative photographs that showed fashion and the modern woman in a new light. He shook up the chilly, static formulas of the fashion photograph and by 1950 was the most imitated American editorial photographer. Injecting a forthright, American energy into a business that had been dominated by Europeans, Avedon’s stylistic innovations continue to influence photographers around the world.

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