My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.
Richard Avedon (1923-2004)
Born in New York on 15 May 1923, Richard Avedon was in possession of a Kodak Box Brownie camera by the age of 12
Richard Avedon shot the Paris collections for almost 40 years, and was staff photographer for Vogue from 1966 until 1990
From the start of his career, Richard Avedon's name became synonymous with fashion as well as portraiture. He photographed everyone from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Parker and the Duchess of Windsor as well as a lot of "unknown" people. Known for bringing the fashion models of the day, including Suzy Parker and Sunny Harnett, to life, Richard Avedon injected a previously unseen vibrancy into the medium of fashion photography.
He died in 2004 of a brain haemorrage.