RICHARD AVEDON: 1923-2004: The Man Who Spoke Style to Truth


RICHARD AVEDON, WHO DIED LAST WEEK AT 81, USED THE CAMERA AS an all-terrain vehicle. The terrain he crossed was the human form, the social fabric and that permanent terra incognita, the human face. A man so stylish could never escape being dismissed as merely stylish, as though he weren't quite worthy of the name artist. Yes, his black-and-white portraits against a stark white background made the truth seem hip. All the same, you only had to stand before his unblinking portrait of President Dwight Eisenhower, a dwindling old warrior. If art is a word we use to describe things that...

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