Richard Avedon

Buster Keaton

All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. – Richard Avedon – 1984


Youth never moves me. I seldom see anything very beautiful in a young face. I do, though – – in the downward curve of Maugham’s lips, in Isak Dinesen’s hands. So much has been written there, there is so much to be read, if one could only read. I feel most of the people in my book, Observations, are earthly saints. Because they are obsessed, obsessed with work of one sort or another. To dance, to be beautiful, tell stories, solve riddles, perform in the street. Zavattini’s mouth and Escudero’s eyes, the smile of Marie-Louise Bousquet: they are sermons on bravado. – Richard Avedon – 1959

The Family

Gallery 1 2



NY Times article on Avedon

In The American West 1



Director John Ford

Detail of John Ford

Marilyn Monroe


I’ve worked out of a series of no’s. No to exquisite light, no to apparent compositions, no to the seduction of poses or narrative. And all these no’s force me to the “yes.” I have a white background. I have the person I’m interested in and the thing that happens between us. – Richard Avedon – 1994





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