AWAY FROM STATIC POSES, LOOKING FOR AN ANTICONFORMIST STYLE – Richard Avedon, one of the great masters of photography

When photography filters life through the light of style

Located on the Lower East Side, it was founded in 1974 by a brother of photographer Robert Capa. Museum, school and research center that revolves around photography, the International Center of Photography in New York (ICP), awaits you to show you practice and understanding of photographic art. Not surprisingly, Richard Avedon was born in this city, the photographer who unmistakably filtered the breath of life through light.

He muffled his contrasts of beauty and suffering in perfect photographic compositions. His fashion photographs, together with portraits, have redefined the canons of the beauty of the photographic image. His works are exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and in many other museums around the world. Among the famous photos taken by Richard Avedon, that of Dovima with the elephants, of the actor Marilyn Monroe, of the President of the United States Dwight David Eisenhower and of Marella Agnelli. From artifice, his images generate true photographic art, elegantly imbued with intense emotions.

He studied philosophy, then self-taught to devote himself to photography. He loved to give equal dignity to the frivolous images of fashion and to the busy ones that captured the current events of every day. Always in search of strong emotions, abandoned his studies, he enlisted in the Navy, where his career as a photographer began when he took portraits of his comrades. He worked from reportage to fashion, but also portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren. He became famous for his black and white portraits. Richard Avedon was born in New York in 1923.

Inspired by a Hungarian photographer, he loved to take his models out of the studio, to make portraits that emphasized movement and poses. Changing the way people take pictures in the fashion field, Richard Avedon worked for the fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar for twelve years, placing models on the street or in eccentric settings. Specializing in portraits, he worked for Voguee Life, Gianni Versace, Hugo Boss and Christian Dior. He collaborated with The New Yorker and Rolling Stone, also making two editions of the Pirelli annual calendar.

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