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Matthew Niemann
Ms. Carney
Photography 7th 
1/19/18
Richard Avedon 
Richard Avedon was born on May 15, 1923 in New York City. He first started his interest in photography at the age of 12, by joining YMHA camera club. In his highschool years, he worked on the school paper and also won a Scholastic Art and Writing Award. After high school, he attended Columbia University for only 1 year until dropping out for unknown reasons. He then took a job for Merchant Marines taking ID pictures. While doing this, he studied photography with Alexey Brodovitch. He was promoted and well known because of Alexey, who owned Harper’s Bazaar and got him widespread  recognition. During all this, Richard was also photographing famous figures such as the Beatles, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Marilyn Monroe. For the rest of his career, he moved around taking photos for all the high fashion magazine companies including Vogue, Life, and Calvin Klein. His large scale portraits of drifters, miners, cowboys and others from the western United States. These portraits make up a book called, “In the American West.” Through this book, we are able to accurately see and tell how the American west was. Towards the end of Richard’s career, he worked primarily for the New Yorker. Never retiring, Richard Avedon died while on a New Yorker assignment on October 4, 2004 at the age of 81. 
     
I like the variety of photos he takes. Also, I like that his photos were put on magazine covers seen worldwide and that feeling of accomplishment would feel amazing. They are good photos because they are unique and eye catching, just what a magazine cover needs. My favorite portrait is the far left Beatles photo because of its color and pop. 

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