Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon
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Photography I
• 1923-2004
• Born in NYC, started out as fashion
• Worked for NY magazines such as
Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, The New
• “In the American West” considered
Avedon’s magnum opus by some
– Portraits of miners, oil field workers in their
soiled work clothes, unemployed drifters,
• Website:
Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior,
Paris, France 1955
Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, 1981
Marian Anderson, contralto,
New York City, June 30, 1955
Truman Capote, 1974
Ezra Pound, Poet, 1958
Samuel Beckett
Dwight David Eisenhower,
President of the United
States, 1964
Wallis, Duchess of Windsor;
Edward, Duke of Windsor (King
Edward VIII), 1957
Cher on the cover of Time
magazine, March 17, 1975
Marilyn Monroe, actress , New York City, May 6, 1957
portraits of The
Beatles, 1967
George Bush, Director, CIA,
Langley, Virginia, March 2, 1976
Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense,
Washington D.C., May 7, 1976
Andy Warhol, artist ,
New York City, August 20, 1969
Edward Albee, Playwright
Michael Moore, Political Satirist
“In the American West,” 1979-1984
Sandra Bennett, twelve year old
Rocky Ford, Colorado, 1980
Emma Lee Wellington, housewife
North Las Vegas, Nevada, 1980
Ruby Mercer, publicist,
Frontier Days, Cheyenne,
Wyoming, 1982
Blue Cloud Wright,
Boyd Fortin, Thirteen Year Old
Rattlesnake Skinner,
Sweetwater, TX, 1979
Roberto Lopez, oil field
worker, Lyons, Texas,
September 28, 1980
James Kimberlin, drifter, 1980
Russell Laird, Tammy Baker,
seventeen year olds, Sweetwater,
Ronald Fischer, beekeeper ,
Davis, California, May 9, 1981
Jan Patricio Lobato, carney
Rocky Ford, Colorado, 1980