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.