|The Beatles, 1967, Richard Avedon, one of the artist's best and most iconic images,
also probably the least representative of his work as a whole.
|Richard Avedon Self-portrait, 1972
|Androgyny was often an intriguing feature in
Avedon's 1985 Calvin Klein Obsession photos.
Richard Avedon was a Jewish boy, born in New York City in 1923. His parents were first-generation immigrants from Russia. His father started a dress shop on the city's trendy Fifth Avenue, while his mother's family owned a dress factory back in the old country. Their younger daughter, Louise, was quite beautiful, and became her brother's first model. Thus the boy came by his acumen in the fashion industry quite honestly. During the war, Avedon served in the Merchant Marines taking identification photos of ship's crewmen. This early background can sometimes be seen in the straight-on, "no nonsense" poses used in many of his celebrity portraits. His photos of a young president, his wife, and children read like an intimate Kennedy family album, while his shots of Andy Warhol displaying his gunshot wounds (left) are as stark as those from a police blotter.
|Avedon's many photos of
Marilyn Monroe are said to
have captured her soul.
|Slaughterhouse Worker, 1979,