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Richard Avedon

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: New york, New York, United States
Death: October 01, 2004 (81)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Israel Avedon and Anna Avedon
Husband of Evelyn Avedon
Ex-husband of Dorcas Marie Nowell
Father of Private
Brother of Louise Avedon

Occupation: Fashion & Portrait Photographer, Photographer/Artist, American fashion and portrait photographer
Managed by: Malka Mysels
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About Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) was born in New York City to a Jewish Russian family and it is said that "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century." NYTimes (See below).

Avedon was the lead photographer of Vogue and photographed most of the covers from 1973 - 1988. He had numerous museum exhibitions around the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.

Avedon was the only son of Jacob Israel Avedon, a Russian-Jewish immigrant who started a successful retail dress business on Fifth Avenue, Avedons of Fifth Ave.

Avedon remembers his father, who died in 1973, as a stern disciplinarian who "was really hot on dumb quotes from Shakespeare and Teddy Roosevelt" and who insisted that physical strength, education and money prepared one for the world.

It was Avedon's mother, Anne, who took young Richard to see Rachmaninoff at Carnegie Hall and Fred Astaire at Radio City and gave him a grounding in beauty and style.

In 1944, Avedon married Dorcas Nowell, who later became a model and was known professionally as Doe Avedon. Nowell and Avedon divorced after five years of marriage.

In 1951, he married Evelyn Franklin; she died on March 13, 2004. Their marriage produced one son, John Avedon, an author and authority on Tibet.[

Martial arts movie star Loren Avedon is the nephew of Richard Avedon. On October 1, 2004, Avedon died of a brain hemorrhage in San Antonio, Texas, while shooting an assignment for The New Yorker. At the time of his death, he was also working on a new project titled Democracy to focus on the run-up to the 2004 U.S. presidential election. Avedon is survived by his son John, and his four grandchildren William, Matthew, Michael and Caroline.

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Richard Avedon's Timeline

May 15, 1923
New york, New York, United States
October 1, 2004
Age 81
San Antonio, Texas, United States