A photographer who was as inspired by his father’s craggy face as by the sleek glamour of models, Richard Avedon was the rare artist who moved easily between stark portraiture and glossy fashion. Vietnam vets and celebrities alike lined up before his camera, earning him a Metropolitan Museum of Art retrospective and inspiring Fred Astaire’s character in 1957’s Funny Face. Avedon died at 81 while working on a project for The New Yorker fittingly titled — in so evenly portraying the human condition — ”Democracy.” (Avedon died of cerebral hemorrhage complications in San Antonio.)
Posted December 27 2004 — 12:00 AM EST
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