We have a no-way-in-hell-youre-gonna-win challenge for you, dear reader. Check out any fashion mag from the newsstand and try to tell us that the faux Photoshopped beauty on the cover has something over any portrait snapped by Richard Avedon. You wont have a chance.
The late American shutterbug -- who began his prolific career photographing mega-hotties such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn for Vogue and Harpers Bazaar -- was the master of capturing a subjects true élan through good ol analog black-and-white prints and solarised color creations. Hes also known for shooting some of the sweetest band art in history (accompanying portraits of the Beatles for The White Album, cover art for Sly and the Family Stones Fresh), famous creative types (Pablo Picasso, James Baldwin, Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix), and stirring imprints of blue-collar Americans in his controversial epic In the American West.
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The Phoenix Art Museum, in conjunction with Tucsons Center for Creative Photography, presents the Richard Avedon: Photographer of Influence retrospective. The show chronicles the photographers career from amazing beginning to kickass end.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 12. Continues through April 13, 2008