"his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century."
The New York Times
Thats a big, and true, claim to all of Richard Avedon's work. The photographer who is widely credited with erasing the line between art and commercial photography. He worked for the biggest fashion magazines and photographed the biggest stars.
This is exactly why the two pictures here are extra special. His style is undeniably recognizable. The subject however is a high school basketball player, a star in the making, from New York. This lanky kid later changed his name to Kareem Abdul Jabbar and became one of the the greatest players ever to play the game. The rawness, the black and white, make you feel like you are there in the concrete jungle at the time.
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