Name That Photographer

Name That Photographer GraphicSee if you can NAME THAT PHOTOGRAPHER from the following five clues:

1) He was an American photographer born in 1923.

2) He once said, “If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.”

3) His portraits are easily distinguished by their minimalist style, where the person is looking squarely in the camera, posed in front of a sheer white background. He is also distinguished by his large prints, sometimes measuring over three feet in height.

4) His 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.”

5) His son was famous for writing a book about an exotic and distant land.

Find out if you know the correct answer by clicking here: ANSWER. After you take a peek I’d love to know what you think of this legend’s work. Which are your favorite photographs? If you’d like to see more, click here: MORE PHOTOGRAPHS.

9 thoughts on “Name That Photographer

  1. I didn’t know who it was until I peaked then I had the ahha moment. My daughter is the photographer in the family and is always telling me and showing me somebody’s work. She studying in Santa Fe School of Art and Design, and loving it. Unlike words, images have a story unto them self that can render a person immobile upon first glance.

    • Santa Fe is such an inspiring place to be for the arts. I hope your daughter is enjoying every moment (and I hope you get to visit often). I agree with you about the power of photography. Isn’t it wonderful?

  2. Hi Becky,
    Avedon has always been huge for me, i remember seeing his photos at the MET in the eighties and fell for his style immediately. was lucky enough to meet him in Cheyenne, Wyo when he was shooting his western series. an intense and interesting man. thanks for featuring him and bringing back great memories.
    ps Basalt is moving into spring…

    • Nancy, it’s so great to see you here! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I saw one of Avedon’s shows at the MET too, along with several elsewhere. It’s always a powerful experience to see his work in full scale. I’ve read about his legendary intensity. Perhaps that’s part of what made him so great.

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