Friday, 5 December 2014

The Studio Portrait Research - Richard Avedon

Photographs by Richard Avedon always have a strong contrast that can be easily seen in his black and white photographs. The ones I was mainly interested in were the photographs capturing the side portrait in a monochrome tone.

One photograph I have been truly inspired by was of a girl with her hair blowing around. The photograph almost looks like it was captured underwater with the way the hair has been photographed. There is lighting shining on the back drop, the key lighting looks as though it comes from above from the left. I like the framing, although I feel that the hair at the top of the frame could be more in the shot.

Twiggy, hair by Ara Gallant, Paris studio, 1968; © 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation

“His fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century” - The New York Times in 2004


The photographs above mainly show the sitter having their face surrounded by something. The photographer has mainly used the sitters hair in a way that would frame the face. I feel that using hair in different ways in photographs could be something I could work with, within capturing a portrait.
Another website I looked at shows a range of Avedon's work, not just portraiture, but fashion also. Avedon's work has also ended up on Harper's Bazzar magazine covers which I have also been looking at.

On Flickr I found another photograph where Avedon has used the hair that draws the attention away from the sitters face.
Overall, I have been inspired by Avedon's work and feel like I could create my own interpretation of some of the photographs I have researched.  

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