(August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the &quot;street photography&quot; style that has influenced generations of photographers that followed.
L’amour tout court
Brought a photographers eye
In 1946, Avedon had set up his own studio and began providing images for magazines including Vogue and Life. Avedon was drawn to working people such as miners and oil field workers in their soiled work clothes, unemployed drifters, and teenagers growing up in the West circa 1979-84. When first published and exhibited , In the American West was criticized for showing what some considered to be a disparaging view of America. Avedon was also lauded for treating his subjects with the attention and dignity usually reserved for the politically powerful and celebrities.
“We photographers deal in things that are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth that can make them come back again . . . For photographers, what has gone is gone forever.”