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Amazing pictures ... keep them coming guys!

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Richard Avedon
A number of his pictures have already been posted in the memorial threads, but I came across this article in the New Yorker and thought it was a wallop of an overview... especially since it was published in 1958!
A Woman Entering A Taxi In the Rain
by Winthrop Sargeant

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The gaunt, skinny, praying-mantis model—an image calculated to frighten most males out of their wits—was a caricature of her sex, a fierce, denying goddess. Presumably she sold the clothes that she wore, for that was her expensive purpose, but her chic was exclusively that of the limited world of high fashion, where any suggestion of womanliness was banished as vulgar. She was as vivacious as a marble statue and as appealing as a mummy—an overt symbol of the death that all good fashion designers, according to the psychiatrists, unconsciously wish to visit on womankind.

About twelve years ago, this approach to fashion photography began to be subtly undermined by a sprightly and ingenious photographer for Harper’s Bazaar named Richard Avedon. As far as he was concerned, the statues and mummies went out the window. The model became pretty, rather than austerely aloof. She laughed, danced, skated, gambolled among herds of elephants, sang in the rain, ran breathlessly down the Champs-Elysées, smiled and sipped cognac at café tables, and otherwise gave evidence of being human. Whether she thereby sold more clothes is open to question. [...] A good deal of this accomplishment can be attributed to his imagination and resourcefulness in handling a camera, but some of it undoubtedly stems from the fact that his primary interest is not in fashion but in women.
aw shucks. <3 avedon. It's interesting to pinpoint the introduction of laughing, smiling, gamboling and elephant cuddling model but I wonder how many people would even alter their description of current models from the "praying-mantis, denying goddesses" initially described... I'm a fan of the fierce ones, but I look at backstage candids to see Tiuu or Gemma giggling. Most editorials don't steep themselves in "pretty," but still persist in presenting those awe inspiring images. I guess we tip our hats to Avedon for first introducing fun loving diversity?

for Avedon pics already posted to TFS...
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two memorial threads merged...

july 67 vogue cover-twiggy

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i've merged the two memorial threads so that we just have one source for avedon images...

you will find them all here now..please feel free to add...
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thanks softgrey - love the pic of coco chanel (she looks so weird) & the Audrey cover (I have never seen that image before).

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you're welcome helena...

april 1968...cover and editorial w. jean shrimpton...

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love the shrimpton pics softgrey - that look is much copied - did avedon do it first?

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[size=+5] I know this is not about this topic but i need help with my avatar i cant get it to the size i need. PLEASE SOMEBODY!!!:ANGRY:

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hello pink panta...
perhaps if you post inthe appropriate place someone will be able to help you...
http://www.thefashionspot.com/forums...d.php?p=584064


welcome to tfs...btw...

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love the shrimpton pics softgrey - that look is much copied - did avedon do it first?
hi helena..i love that editorial too...it looks so modern to me...
it's hard for me to say who did what first anymore...everytime i think i've found the origin...i then find something even earlier...

i do know that avedon was greatly influenced by louise dahl-wolfe and that she was a pioneer with colour...so maybe it came from there...??

these look hand-painted to me...

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yes it does look hand painted....which I am sure they don't do anymore with all the modern gagets etc the clothes & the photos do look very modern (marni-esque)

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yes it does look hand painted....which I am sure they don't do anymore with all the modern gagets etc the clothes & the photos do look very modern (marni-esque)
i assume that all effects are done on the computer now...
i love all the clothes...and jean shrimpton is remarkable as well...

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