If you’re a fan of Richard Avedon, you have got to see the photo on this instalment of Flashbacks on Film. The photo was one of Avedon’s earlier works and even then, his style was already evident. Read on to see which photo I’m talking about!
Richard Avedon was known for his fashion photos and portraits. His first stint as a photographer was taking photos of marines with his Rolleiflex, a camera given to him by his father. After a couple of years, he started working in advertising, taking photographs for a department store. Avedon was then discovered by the art director for Harper’s Bazaar and hired shortly after. In just a couple of years, Richard Avedon was able to set up his own studio and contribute to major magazines such as Vogue and Life.
The photo above shows Elise Daniels with street performers. This photo was shot in Paris in 1948. Avedon’s style can clearly be seen in this photo. He was inspired by other photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Brassai, who were both known for capturing street scenes. This is evident with the setting of the photo, but there is another element that makes it Avedon’s. The model wearing the hat and Balenciaga suit amidst the street performers show juxtaposition. This photo seems pretty unique when compared with other photos by Avedon, which makes it extra special.
Here is an alternate version of the photo:
What do you think of this photo by Richard Avedon? Are you drawn to the model or the performers? Leave a comment below. You can also read more articles on Flashbacks on Film. The source used for this article was Iconic Photos.