Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Richard Avedon

1. Land of Confusion
2. Richard Avedon piece

3. Portrait of Ian Mckellen

Richard Avedon was always interested in how portraiture captures the personality and soul of its subject. I used to enjoy his work as a kid, bringing his books back from the library. His portraits are easily distinguished by their minimalist style, where the person is looking squarely in the camera, posed in front of a sheer white background. Avedon would at times evoke reactions from his portrait subjects by guiding them into uncomfortable areas of discussion or asking them psychologically probing questions. Here's a couple of pieces my work done in college as a homage for the man's work.

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