© Hermann Landshoff, 1948, Young Richard Avedon, New York

American fashion photographer Richard Avedon, who worked as an assistant for Landshoff, considered himself to have been profoundly inspired by him, even being moved to claim that "I owe everything to Landshoff."

If you’re in Munich at the moment make sure to visit the Hermann Landshoff Retrospective at Münchner Stadtmuseum, open until April 21. More information about the exhibition here.

© Richard Avedon, 1961, Bert Stern (from STERN Fotografie Portfolio No. 49)

I just found out about this big loss to the world of photography today: Bert Stern, a self-taught American commercial photographer, best known for taking some of the last shots of Marilyn Monroe, died a few days ago, on June 26. May his soul rest in peace.

When I visited my friend Simeon Johnke, a great German photographer, in his hometown Nuremberg two years ago, I found this wonderful STERN portfolio at a small bookstall near St. Lawrence’s church for a bargain:

Find an obituary on Stern here and an interview from April 2013 here.

 
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© Richard Avedon, 1955, Portrait of Marian Anderson

Here is the great contralto singer Marian Anderson. By waiting for the moment when Anderson closed her eyes, Avedon was able to suggest her intense inner concentration on the song and to allow us, the viewer, to focus on her mouth. Even if the viewer knows nothing about Marian Anderson, one can still see in this photograph the total commitment to her voice, that she was the very embodiment of song.

And if in fact the viewer is aware of the social context of the photograph—that Anderson fought in a very quiet and effective way to be heard in the 1930s, despite attempts by the Daughters of the American Revolution to prevent her from singing at Washington D.C.’s DAR-owned Constitution Hall because of her race, which caused First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to resign from the organization—one would be able to detect a kind of moral probity and strength in this portrait as well. (+)

20 years ago yesterday, African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century, Marian Anderson died. May her soul rest in peace.

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© Richard Avedon, Feb. 10, 1965, Bob Dylan in Central Park, New York

Today, May 24, is Bob Dylan’s 71st birthday - Happy Birthday! As he’s way better with words than I am I just leave you with one of my favourite live performances of “Shelter From The Storm”.

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RICHARD AVEDON: DARKNESS AND LIGHT

A 90 minutes documentary about Richard Avedon from the 1995 American Masters Series.

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ANSWER - PHOTO QUIZ #3

The record I was talking about in Photo Quiz #3 was:

Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends (Columbia Records, 1968)

Congratulations to Atane who was first, and also to 801d & Chagalov!

THE QUESTION WAS:
The cover of Kruder & Dorfmeisters first record ‘G-Stoned’ was a homage to a famous record-cover of the 1960s. Do you know which record I am talking about?

(see Photo Quiz #3)

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IMAGE INFO:
© G. Heller, 1993, Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister, Vienna
© Richard Avedon, Mar. 1, 1967, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, New York
(watch the original photograph here)

To quote Atane: "So easy". Here’s the price for the winner, some music:
The Wiseguys - Too Easy

 
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© Richard Avedon, Aug. 1948, Shoe designed by Perugia, Place du Trocadéro, Paris (printing notes by John Delaney)
"The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” (Ansel Adams)

© Richard Avedon, Aug. 1948, Shoe designed by Perugia, Place du Trocadéro, Paris (printing notes by John Delaney)

"The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance. (Ansel Adams)