A Sense of Movement

Born in 1923, Richard Avedon’s careers spanned nearly half a century. In 1946 he set up his own studio and was quickly providing images to Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, work which would define his photographic style for the rest of his career.

All Richard Avedon

My article will focus on three of the images produced in the early years of Avedon’s fashion career, paying particular attention to the dynamic movement which underpins each. All three photographs could be said to be commercial, in that they were produced for magazines and fashion houses in order to show off the clothes; yet, each one is also an artistic masterpiece in and of itself. The setting is Paris, in the Place de la Concorde; a place Avedon returns repeatedly for inspiration.

W. J. Humphries
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