Richard Avedon - Quotes

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A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he's wearing or how he looks.

A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he's wearing or how he looks.

I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable. ---->>>

My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.

My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.

All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ---->>>

How many pictures have you torn up because you hate them? What ends up in your scrapbook? The pictures where you look like a good guy and a good family man, and the children look adorable - and they're screaming the next minute. I've never seen a family album of screaming people.

How many pictures have you torn up because you hate them? What ends up in your scrapbook? The pictures where you look like a good guy and a good family man, and the children look adorable - and they're screaming the next minute. I've never seen a family album of screaming people.

Just advertising departments with legs and high heels. ---->>>

People - running from unhappiness, hiding in power - are locked within their reputations, ambitions, beliefs. ---->>>

I've photographed just about everyone in the world. But what I hope to do is photograph people of accomplishment, not celebrity, and help define the difference once again. ---->>>

The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. ---->>>

Anything is an art if you do it at the level of an art. ---->>>

If each photograph steals a bit of the soul, isn't it possible that I give up pieces of mine every time I take a picture? ---->>>

Click! In other words, I'm in a very controlling position, and I can bring... and I've already... if the camera's on you, your face is very concentrated. You're listening. You don't know what I'm going to say next, and now you're smiling. All these things are the things I work with. ---->>>

Sometimes I think all my pictures are just pictures of me. ---->>>

I never wanted to be called an artist. I wanted to be called a photographer. ---->>>

Faces are the ledgers of our experience. ---->>>

Camera lies all the time. It's all it does is lie, because when you choose this moment instead of this moment, when you... the moment you've made a choice, you're lying about something larger. 'Lying' is an ugly word. I don't mean lying. But any artist picks and chooses what they want to paint or write about or say. Photographers are the same. ---->>>

I am always stimulated by people. Almost never by ideas. ---->>>

Fashion is where I make my living. I'm not knocking it; it's a pleasure to make a living that way. Then there's the deeper pleasure of doing my portraits. ---->>>

I hate cameras. They interfere, they're always in the way. I wish: if I could work with my eyes alone.

I hate cameras. They interfere, they're always in the way. I wish: if I could work with my eyes alone.

People, unprotected by their roles, become isolated in beauty and intellect and illness and confusion. ---->>>

Real people move, they bear with them the element of time. It is this fourth dimension of people that I try to capture in a photograph. ---->>>

My parents put the New Yorker in my crib. I saw Vogue and Vanity Fair around the house before I could read. ---->>>

I see pictures of myself and I always knew that what I was feeling didn't look like that guy in the pictures. ---->>>

What ends up in your scrapbook? The pictures where you look like a good guy and a good family man, and the children look adorable - and they're screaming the next minute. I've never seen a family album of screaming people. ---->>>

Any artist picks and chooses what they want to paint or write about or say. Photographers are the same. ---->>>

There's always been a separation between fashion and what I call my deeper work. ---->>>

I can see myself as a very old man in a terrific wheelchair. Only, I won't be photographing the tree outside my window, the way Steichen did. I'll be photographing other old people. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 05-15, 1923
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Die: 10-01, 2004
Occupation: Photographer
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Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) was an American fashion and portrait photographer. An obituary published in The New York Times said that "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century".(wikipedia)