Avedon’s photos, usually intimate, intense studies against a white backdrop, are often powerful statements of a person’s persona. Among his most famous photos are portraits of Andy Warhol, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, the Duchess of Windsor and Truman Capote.
By some strange coincidence, I have sitting at home a documentary on Richard Avedon produced by PBS for their American Masters series. Also, here is Photo District News’ gallery of Avedon’s work from the 1960s. On my shopping list is a book on Avedon’s technique. There is no doubt in my mind that he is a genuine master of his art. He found himself at the right place and at the right time and he worked very hard.