In his book « In the American West », he wanted to break the American Wild West myth, the one of a smooth and idyllic world of cow-boys, and show another aspect, the one of unemployed and underemployed, Whites, Blacks, South-Americans. The pathetic image he gave about the American West caused indignation and was felt as pernicious. Followed a serie about the Louisiana State Hospital, a succession of pictures of mentally ill people, and also another one about the Napalm victims, a bitter indictment against the Vietnam war.
These are the only Avedon's pictures showing violence; he had always refused it, considering that violent images caused violence too.
His big sizes on cloth went down in the photography history. It was among others, portraits of the members of the "Warhol Factory", the "Chicago Seven", the "Ginsberg Family" and the "Mission Council".
Among his portraits, the "Generals of the Daughters of the American Revolution" in 1963, had an important place. Avedon had made there a portrait about a group composed in a bizarre way. This picture, which was obviously the preliminary study of an official group portrait, fascinated with this strange composition and the various relationships between the people who, while isolated, maintained to each other.
His realisation answered Chaplin's own desire, who wanted to express his combative inclination when he was forced to leave the United States, because of his political engagement.
The Ezra Pound's portrait, absorbed in himself, in a rather painful concentration (,) was the masterpiece of a serie in which the writer, facing the camera, revealed, while he expressed with gestures, the whole amplitude of his sensations and feelings.
The fall of the Berlin wall was for Avedon, the occasion to photograph the jubilant crowd during the New Year's Eve 1989. In this serie, the "Brandenburg Gate", the faces expressions ran from the enthusiastic joyfulness to the future anxious understanding. As a symbol, Avedon set on the place of the reporting, a small selection of constellations which, reduced to the outline of a bald head, peaked in the night sky.Then he took pictures of the Italian aristocracy in which, for the first time and in a rather large part, he used the photomontage.
The Ludwig Museum in Cologne showed in 1994 a great retrospective and also his fashion pictures.Other pictures ,,,-,,
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