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From a Richard Avedon wannabe

I have been intrigued by Richard Avedon’s portraiture against a stark, blank background ever since I saw his show “Evidence” at the Whitney Museum in New York City in 1994. With the advent of  digital photography and photoshop I have begun trying to emulate him.  I am collecting all the digital portrait work that I have done over the last ten years and trying to convert them to the Avedon style. These are my first efforts. With apologies to the master.

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7 responses

  1. I was customer service manager at a studio where Avedon once hired space. He was to photograph rocker Boy George at our facility near Buffalo. Well, Boy was rude; but Richard was a pro, and a gentleman — a good guy to emulate. ~eric.


    November 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

  2. I am not familiar with the work of Richard Avedon – never heard of him, in fact. However, I’ve been working with blank backgrounds like this for over 10 years. My brother had a picture taken of him way back when he was in his early 20’s while he was in Europe (in the army maybe) with him holding a sax, no background. I loved the picture and was alwys impressed by the image it presented. It made an impression. I use similar style images on my family tree website and family tree calendars. Of course, I did not do the photography, and photoshop removed what backgrounds were there. Regardless, I love the effect. Thanks for introducing me to Richard Avedon.


    November 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    • You are very welcome. You should look at his portraits when you get a chance. They are amazing.


      November 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

  3. Alan Jacobs ("Mr. Sharon Lopez")

    Very nice, Steve!


    November 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

  4. Cynthia

    I appreciate how you capture the emotion and personalities of the people. You make me wonder about each individual’s story. 😉


    November 4, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    • Thank you for your very kind words. I look for the essence of the person, and sometimes I get it 🙂


      November 4, 2012 at 9:16 PM

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