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Richard Avedon at the DIA

Paris 1955
Dovima Paris 1955
Avedon captures a twirling skirs
Avedon captures a twirling skirt
Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon
A Unique Photographic View
The Detroit Institute of Arts is currently hosting a photographic exhibit featuring the work of Richard Avedon. Avedon started his career at the age of 19. He was born May 15, 1923 and died in 2004. His journalistic career began with his High School paper. Later he joined the Merchant Marines as a photographer. He eventually became a major photographer for Harper’s Bazaar, Look, Life, Vogue and many other publications. He opened his own photographic studio in 1946. The bulk of his fashion work was done at Harpers Bazaar.
His work was unique because he tried to capture the souls of his subjects. His fashion photography was different from others of the time because he caught his models in motion, with a twirling skirt or in mid air. A sampling of his portrait work can be viewed at
Avedon was a progressive photographer who used his camera to study his subjects from a unique perspective. Avedon liked to select models with unusual features rather than classic beauty. One of his favorites was Barbara Striesand because of her unusual beauty. His photographic work is very ground breaking. He brings a truly unique view to his subjects. His work was daring. He even hired an African American model from Detroit long before such integration was accepted.
The exhibit will be on display at the DIA until January 17th 2010.



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