joi, 6 august 2009

Avedon's kills

Every photo taken by Richard Avedon, one of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers of the late 20th century, captures soul drops from the subject. I don't see very often, in fashion pictorials, images that can be felt, heard, tasted and touched. His pictures recall a simphony of senses, and every person captured in them seems to be naked; their well-kept secrets are revealed and they find themselves in a brutal reality. Sadness, poverty and dignity in dispair, grace and humiliation, all felt simultaneously when watching a single picture.
Marylin Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Tony Blair, Audrey Hepburn, Samuel Beckett and ordinary people were left bleeding after a blitz of a camera took the hidden part of them and put it on a white, wide, revealing background.


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