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.
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