Famous Portraits by Richard Avedon (1923 - 2004)

My job was to do identity photographs. I must have taken pictures of one hundred thousand faces before it occurred to me I was becoming a photographer - Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon (1923–2004) was born and lived in New York City. His interest in photography began at an early age, and he joined the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA) camera club when he was twelve years old.

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Richard Avedon, 1956, Black and White Photography Portrait, Audrey Hepburn

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Richard Avedon, Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, August 1955; © 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation

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Avedon, Homage to Munkacsi. Carmen, coat by Cardin, Place Franois-Premiere, Paris, August 1957, @2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation

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Audrey Hepburn posing in front of “Winged Victory at Samothrace” in the Louvre, Still from Funny Face, 1957

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Marian Anderson, singer, 1955, Gelatin silver print

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Marilyn Monroe, Actress, New York City, May 6, 1957

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Elizabeth Taylor, actor, New York, July 1, 1964

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Barbara Streisand, singer, New York, October 1, 1965

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Andy Warhol, artist, New York, August 20, 1969

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Andy Warhol, artist, New York, August 20, 1969

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Tina Turner, Singer, New York, June 13, 1971

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Truman Capote, 1974

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Audrey Hepburn, New York, 1967