The life of Avedon

By: Hannah Abney

 1923- Richard Avedon was born in New York City

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 1942-1944– In this time period Avedon took portraits for the U.S. Merchant Marines and realized his passion for photography

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1945-1965– Avedon was a staff photographer for Harper’s Bazaar

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1947-1984– he photographed the French collections in Paris for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue

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1957– Avedon was the visual consultant for the film Funny Face

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 1959– Observations, a book of Avedon’s work was published with text by Truman Capote

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 1963– Avedon photographed the civil rights movement in America, here is a picture of William Casby, a man born into slavery

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 1964– Nothing Personal, a book of Avedon’s work was published with text by James Baldwin

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1966-1990– Staff photographer for Vogue, here is a photograph Avedon took of the fashion icon Twiggy

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1969– Avedon followed the anti-war movement in America, here is a photograph Avedon shot of the Chicago seven

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 1974- Avedon used photography to follow the last seven years of his father, Jacob Israel Avedon’s, life

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 1976– Commissioned by Rolling Stone magazine to photograph politicians at America’s bicentennial year, Avedon captured portraits of many political figures, including George Bush senior

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 1979-1984– Avedon photographed Americans in the west, those being left behind by urbanization, here is a photograph of Boyd Fortin, 13 year old rattlesnake skinner of Texas

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 1992- became the first staff photographer for the New Yorker

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 2004- Avedon was working on a piece entitled “Democracy” for the New Yorker

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 October 1, 2004- Richard Avedon died of a cerebral hemorrhage while on location for the New Yorker in San Antonio Texas

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