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Richard Avedon self-portrait
(born 1923)

Cover of "Harper's Bazaar"

Fashion photograph by Richard Avedon
This cover photo for the October 1962 issue of "Harper's Bazaar" was taken by Richard Avedon, who helped revolutionize fashion photography in America in the 1950s. Drawn early to portraiture, Avedon's first sitter was the Russian pianist-composer Sergey Rachmaninoff, who happened to live in the same New York City apartment block as the young photographer's grandparents. Avedon became a regular contributor to "Harper's Bazaar" in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. Like the one shown here, his fashion photographs are characterized by theatrical poses and strong contrast, creating an impression of austere sophistication. Since the 1980s, Avedon has mainly pursued photographic projects outside fashion.

Richard Avedon, born May 15, 1923, New York, NY
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