Richard Avedon Quotes and Comments
Inspirational Photography Quotes by the famous American
photographer Richard Avedon
born Richard Avedon - USA - May 15, 1923
/ Died - October 1, 2004
Richard Avedon started as a photographer of portraits,
photographed celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, the
Beatles and Bob
Dylan, and moved into fine art photography.
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+ If a day goes by without my doing something
related to photography, it's as though I've neglected
something essential to my existence, as though
I had forgotten to wake up.
+ A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an
emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph
it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is
no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All
photographs are accurate. None of them is the
+ I don't really remember the day when I stood
behind my camera with Henry Kissinger on the other
side. I am sure he doesn't remember it either.
But this photograph is here now to prove that
no amount of kindness on my part could make this
photograph mean exactly what he.. or even I..
wanted it to mean. It's a reminder of the wonder
and terror that is a photograph.
+ A photographic portrait is a picture of someone
who knows he's 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. He's implicated in what's happening, and
he has a certain real power over the result.
+ A portrait photographer depends upon another
person to complete his picture. The subject imagined,
which in a sense is me, must be discovered in
someone else willing to take part in a fiction
he cannot possibly know about.
+ Photography has always reminded me of the second
child.. trying to prove itself. The fact that
it wasnt really considered an art.. that
it was considered a craft.. has trapped almost
every serious photographer.
+ I know that the accident of my being a photographer
has made my life possible.