2002 - Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon was involved in fashion and in photography from his youth. His father was the owner of a women’s apparel store, and his mother collected fashion magazines and was an amateur photographer. In 1942, he did his military service in the photo department of the American merchant marine. In 1945, he presented his portfolio to A. Brodovitch, the artistic director of Harper’s Bazaar, who became his mentor. Through that initial contact, he founded a collaboration that lasted 20 years. He went on to work for major agencies (Egoïst, Look, Graphis…), and made many advertising campaigns. He is recognized as one of the greatest photographers of the 1950’s, and explored the “emotional geometry” of the face and body.