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BY RUBY HARRION. Photographer and photo journalist. Richard Avedon . Richard was an American fashion and portrait photographer.

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Photographer and photo journalist

Richard Avedon

Richard 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. He was born in New York where his father started a successful dress retailer on fifth avenue.



In 1944 Avedon began working as an advertising photographer, for a department store. However he was quickly discovered by Alexey Brodovitchthe art director for the fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar. Lillian Bassman also promoted Avedon's career at Harper's.

In 1946, Avedon had set up his own studio and began providing images for magazines including Vogue and Life. He soon became the chief photographer for Harper's Bazaar.

Overall Avedon had a very successful life.



David bailey

Robert Royston Bailey is regarded as one of the best British photographers. He was born in the East end, father a tailors cutter and mother a machinist. He was brought up through world war 2, so life was quite challenging for him as a child.


His career

He became a photographic assistant at the John French studio. He then became a photographer for John Cole’s studio five. Previous to this in 1960 he was contacted as a fashion photographer for ‘vogue’ magazine. He assisted to help and capture for ‘swinging London’. In 2012, the BBC made a film of the story of his 1962 New York photo-shoot with Jean Shrimpton.

dorethea lange

Photographer and photo journalist

Dorethea lange

Lange's photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.


Her career

Lange was educated in photography at Columbia university, New York. In 1919 she opened a succesful portrait studio. Lange turned her studio lense to the street. Her studies of unemployed and homeless people captured the attention of local photographers and led to her employment with the federal Resettlement administration.


Her work

Based on the great depression.


Her career

In 1970 Annie took a job at rolling stones magazine. She began working for vanity fair magazine in 1983, before working on a number of high-profile advertising campaigns. Since the 1990s she has been publishing and exhibiting her work. Over 200 of Annie’s colour and black and white photographs were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.


Some of her work

Her pictures are inspired by the slow painful death if her partner.