Richard Avedon Remembered

by Terry Gruber

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Richard Avedon’s passing on October 1st 2004, Gruber Photographers wanted to celebrate both Avedon’s sheer brilliance, and the range of cameras and film which he used to draw with light.

In 1979 at the invitation of Cornell Capa, Terry Gruber sat with Richard Avedon for a day signing their respective photo books, “Working Cats”, and “In the American West”, at the International Center of Photography. This spring Gruber was moved to photograph this tribute and had Olga Makukh, his assistant, research and style the quintessential fashions. Terry approached model Tara Wallace with Olga’s inspiration boards and she immediately joined the team as a model and co-producer.  Tara secured Candice Crawford, a Professional Green Beauty Hairstylist and Marina Guidos, a Professional Make-up Artist.  Olga pulled vintage clothing from Hush Hush Closet and The Family Jewels, as well as hats from Laura Daly and Orlando Palacios of Worth & Worth and jewelry from a variety of collectors. Terry’s vintage cameras were used to echo methods of one of photography’s most influential eyes.

The vintage fashions were photographed in black and white Ilford and Kodak film using an 8×10 Deardorf camera, several Rollieflex 2 1⁄4 roll cameras, a 4×5 Gowlandflex, and test shots were made on a Polaroid 101a on type 665 film from Ebay. The behind the scenes photos were shot on a Canon 5DM3 camera.  The resulting images draw the viewer in, and celebrate an array of fashions, movement, and mediums used by Avedon and inspired by his enlivening works.

Richard Avedon Tribute

Photo by Terry Gruber

 

Richard Avedon Tribute

Photo by Terry Gruber

 

Fashion Photography

Photo by Terry Gruber

 

Fashion Photography

Photo by Terry Gruber

 

Deardorf camera

Shooting with 8×10 Deardorf camera

 

Fashion Photography

Terry Gruber with model Tara Wallace

 

Fashion Photography

Hair and Makeup

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2 Responses to “Richard Avedon Remembered”

  1. Stephanie Hogen

    Richard Avedon , who I followed for years, what a great celebration.
    Looks like you all had a fabulous time and the photographs are stunning.
    I did something similar not knowing he had past, I was out at the Black Rock Dessert, NV last Friday the 3rd, recreating (the best I could from memory) the shot of Lauren Hutton with the black swim suite and one breast showing. It was a beautiful day and I did take some great photo’s. Three rolls of film developed, will start printing this Friday, YAY! have a up day and thank you for the viewing. Steph

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  2. Charly Pietraszek

    That is amazing to me cos I wouldn’t even know where to start with one of those cameras

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