Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon

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Author Profession: US Photographer
Born: May 15, 1923
Died: October 01, 2004
Birth Sign: Taurus

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I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable.

I am always stimulated by people. Almost never by ideas.

How many pictures have you torn up because you hate them? What ends up in your scrapbook? The pictures where you look like a good guy and a good family man, and the children look adorable - and they're screaming the next minute. I've never seen a family album of screaming people.

A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is 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.

I hate cameras. They interfere, they're always in the way. I wish: if I could work with my eyes alone.

My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.

Camera lies all the time. It's all it does is lie, because when you choose this moment instead of this moment, when you... the moment you've made a choice, you're lying about something larger. 'Lying' is an ugly word. I don't mean lying. But any artist picks and chooses what they want to paint or write about or say. Photographers are the same.

Real people move, they bear with them the element of time. It is this fourth dimension of people that I try to capture in a photograph.

The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion.

I've photographed just about everyone in the world. But what I hope to do is photograph people of accomplishment, not celebrity, and help define the difference once again.

Anything is an art if you do it at the level of an art.

Sometimes I think all my pictures are just pictures of me.

What ends up in your scrapbook? The pictures where you look like a good guy and a good family man, and the children look adorable - and they're screaming the next minute. I've never seen a family album of screaming people.

All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.

I can see myself as a very old man in a terrific wheelchair. Only, I won't be photographing the tree outside my window, the way Steichen did. I'll be photographing other old people.

If each photograph steals a bit of the soul, isn't it possible that I give up pieces of mine every time I take a picture?

Just advertising departments with legs and high heels.

Faces are the ledgers of our experience.

I never wanted to be called an artist. I wanted to be called a photographer.

I see pictures of myself and I always knew that what I was feeling didn't look like that guy in the pictures.

Water is to me, I confess, a phenomenon which continually awakens new feelings of wonder as often as I view it. Michael Faraday quotes

When I look around the world, I don't see too many damsels in distress. If they're a damsel in distress, they're manipulating some guy to help them. Sigourney Weaver

I grew up loving horses. I was relatively obsessed, starting with my rocking horse at age 2, all the way through my painting and drawing phase. Diane Lane

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