Avedon helped define
America's image of beauty.

Born in New York in 1923, Richard Avedon dropped out of high school and joined the Merchant Marine’s photographic section. Upon his return in 1944, he found a job as a photographer in a department store. Within two years he had been “found” by an art director

Richard Avedon Portraits

Richard Avedon book, Portraits of PowerThis book is published in a novel accordian format. So you can open the book on one side and there is text with a few pictures, but when you open it from the other side and it's only photographs. You could potentially open the whole book across your living room floor and see all the photographs at once. Really cool. Review by: Charles Young

at Harper’s Bazaar and was hired by a number of other magazines. During the early years, Avedon made his living primarily through work in advertising. His real passion, however, was the portrait and its ability to express the essence of the person who was sitting for it.

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