Michael Avedon

Having graduated from the International Centre of Photography, Michael Avedon is a successful photographer living and working in New York. Having spent the past four years developing and working on his photographic skill, Avedon has photographed a vast array of artists, creatives, politicians and more, expanding his knowledge and creative portfolio. Usually working in 35mm and medium format film, Avedon’s images give off this rich and detailed outcome. Being the grandson of the incredibly well known and respected photographer Richard Avedon, he has always been exposed the art world, thus giving him a drive to show and exhibit his own take of the world and all it has to give. Using his own interpretation and exploration techniques, Avedon has created pieces that in a sense show both his subject and himself off to the audience, something of which I hope to employ into my own workings.

 

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Within this image Avedon has used colour filters on the lighting in order to give this pink tint to the images. I love the way in which this has worked, as the pink lighting contrasts greatly to the depth of the black shadows in the images. This has in a sense given the image this almost painting like effect, you’re able to see tonal differences in the skin, however I think due to the image being film, the textures of the image give of that of a painting.

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The way in which these images have been presented I feel works really well. I like the way in which the focus of each image varies, all leaving something to the imagination. Again the shadowing and lighting works well, here it combines in order to help contour the models body well, creating this softly angular physique.

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I love how with this image Avedon had combined the medium of photography and drawing together, in order to give this image another level. This is something of which i’m really wanting to explore within my work and so this will act as a strong influence for me I believe. I love the way this image works well as in a sense he has ‘inked’ and inked man, as the subject has tattoos and so it is as though he has then tattooed his own image.Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 12.49.26 Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 12.49.18

 

These two images I really like as well, as again he is exploring different mediums of work. Here I believe he has used photoshop in order to manipulate and collage two images together, which i feel works incredibly well. You’re given two very unrelated images here to work with, however both seem to work incredibly well with one another, complementing the other.

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