#FocusThursday - Richard Avedon
Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) was an American fashion and portrait photographer. An obituary published in The New York Times said that "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century". - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Avedon
Richard Avedon is a god. He excelled at connecting with his subjects, putting them at ease, and showing them how to be "in on the secret" so to speak. For me, this resonates with the way in which I engage with people, and through his photographs I came to recognise and discover my own ability to do utilise this power too. It's not just the black and white, contrast, composition, lighting, or the subjects themselves that make his work special, but truly the way in which he connected with his subjects. Avedon's personality shone brightly via his empathy and understanding of the people who came before his lens, who danced, played, sung and held his gaze. My interest in photography as an artist came about through seeing his work, and he will always be one of my greatest inspirations and heroes. Avedon helped me discover that emotional intelligence can be every bit as potent and important as knowledge intelligence.