Five Decades

If you have seen Richard Avedon’s “In The American West” portraits, you will know that they are as good as Avedon’s images get. Here are some of the pictures I took at the exhibit:

BANNER IN THE CAFE COURTYARD

HIS BOOKS IN THE EXHIBIT MEDIA ROOM

My two favorite images from the exhibit – Avedon at his best – condensing 10000 life long emotions into one shot:

WILLIAM CASBY, BORN A SLAVE 1963

DR. J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER, PHYSICIST, 1958

Of course no trip to the Corcoran would be complete without visiting their cafe

DELICIOUS BRUNCH WAFFLE

I like Avedon for his unique and special ability to deconstruct emotions, circumstances and experiences and condense them into one face, into one single shot. That’s why I love “In The American West”, and also why I love the two images below from his current exhibit “Portraits of Power” at the Corcoran. I am not a huge fan of his political portraits or his celebrity photos, I find that they don’t contain the depth and haunting quality of his other shots. Nevertheless, the exhibit showcased some fantastic extra large images of his and provided a chronological exposition of his work which interestingly underlined his trends and styles throughout the years.