Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light

This is the entire 1995 American Masters program in nine linked parts on YouTube. It’s well worth watching (full screen). We saw it when it first aired on PBS many years ago and I bought the DVD which is now out of print and tough to find. This may be the only way to see this excellent biography of Richard Avedon, one of the greatest photographers in history.

When Tina Brown hired Avedon to be a staff photographer at The New Yorker I saved every image they printed of his. Together Brown and Avedon started the process of loosening up what was getting to be a rather stuffy (if still excellent) magazine. I have many of Avedon’s photo books including Into the American West, now out of print but an incredible collection of portraits.

[via PetaPixel]

2 thoughts on “Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light

  1. edward

    Richard, amazing movie so beautiful so full pf passion and it make me wander what happened to France such a different country now, but i digress. anyways thanks for sharing,

  2. Richard

    Edward, I knew you’d love this show, the guy was a genius, France was great, and the images and culture were exciting and spectacular.

    If we just had the 5D III we could better dream of being, well not Avedon. ;)

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