Richard Avedon: Darkness And Light

Widely regarded as one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, Richard Avedon not only redefined modern photography, but also what (or who) a modern photographer was. He arguably created fashion photography and was the first photographer to gain success with both his commercial work as well as his personal work. In fact, most of his most well-known portraits, such as those that would ultimately fill the pages of In the American West, were not commissions at all, but rather personal projects. In 1995, PBS aired an episode of their fantastic American Masters series on Richard Avedon. Though it is now out of print, the documentary can still be seen in its entirety on YouTube. It’s a fascinating look into the mind, and process of one of, if not the, most iconic photographers of all time.

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