Take photos in style of Richard Avedon• 1923-2004• Started out as fashion photographer• Worked for NY magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, The New Yorker
Strong black-and-white contrastcreates an effectof sophistication.
The portraits are often well litand in front of white backdrops,with no props or extraneousdetails to distract from theirperson. Marian Anderson, contralto, Truman Capote, 1974 New York City, June 30, 1955
SIMPLICITY! FOCUS is on the face, gaze, dress, and gesture.Ezra Pound, Poet, 1958
Anti-fashion Movement. He began to take the type of reality photographs that most photographers [especially fashion photographersSamuel Beckett ] of that time
When printed, the imagesregularly contain the darkoutline of the film inwhich the image wasframed. Dwight David Eisenhower, President of the United States, 1964 Wallis, Duchess of Windsor; Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), 1957
DRAMA! Created a sense of drama by often using a stark, white background and eliciting a frontal, confrontatioMarilyn Monroe, actress , New York City, May 6, 1957
Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, George Bush, Director, CIA, Washington D.C., May 7, 1976Langley, Virginia, March 2, 1976
Andy Warhol, artist ,New York City, August 20, 1969
Michael Moore, Political SatiristEdward Albee, Playwright
“In the American West,” 1979-1984 • Portraits of miners, oil field workers in their soiled work clothes, unemployed drifters, teenagers
In front of his camera, emotions are NOT obvious.Sandra Bennett, twelve year old Rocky Ford, Colorado, 1980 Emma Lee Wellington, housewife North Las Vegas, Nevada, 1980
Preferring to avoid the "pretty" and bring outthe stark underlying "reality" of the subject. Ruby Mercer, publicist, Blue Cloud Wright,Frontier Days, Cheyenne, slaughterhouse worker, Wyoming, 1982 Omaha, Nebraska, 1979
Boyd Fortin, Thirteen Year Old Rattlesnake Skinner, Sweetwater, TX, 1979 Roberto Lopez, oil field worker, Lyons, Texas, September 28, 1980
Ronald Fischer, beekeeper ,Davis, California, May 9, 1981 Jan Patricio Lobato, carney Rocky Ford, Colorado, 1980
Richard Avedon’sSenior Lennard Nerona’sAp Art Student
YOUR WARM UP: Classic Portraits in the style of Richard Avedon.-Simple backgrounds-Focus on lack of emtions…capture the rawness of theperson.-Black and WhiteTwo Photos:1.Individual Photo of 1 person2.Group Photo of 2 or morepeople.
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