Richard Avedon

Old factory, 1975

Nova York, 1924 - San Antonio (Texas-Estats Units), 2004

Richard Avedon began his career as a photographer on the merchant marine in 1932, doing ID photographs of crew members. Later he joined the laboratory of photographer Alexey Brodovitch, who worked for the fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar, where Avedon would eventually become director of photography. He worked for the magazine for two decades, revolutionising the world of fashion with apparently simple snapshots where those portrayed had a powerful psychological presence. He photographed the celebrities of the time, such as Truman Capote, Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart, as well as many anonymous characters. Avedon’s work had excellent technical and formal quality, and was distinguished by his tendency to move beyond conventional genres in portraiture, photo essays and documentary photography. His photographic sessions were notoriously long: they could take up to four hours, with the goal of breaking down the person to be portrayed and showing the sincerest side of his or her personality. The photographic triptych Old Factory shows us various artists related to The Factory, created by Andy Warhol in the 1960s, including Paul Morrissey, Joe Dallesandro and Candy Darling, as well as Andy Warhol himself, a full decade after the original opening of this much-lauded space for creation.