Marilyn Monroe as Lillian Russell for LifeMagazine in a piece entitled “Fabled Enchantresses” for the magazine’s December 22 issue in 1958. Photo by Richard Avedon. The costume was sold at Julien’s Auctions for $48,000, who described it as, “The lavender satin, boned leotard has a décolletage neckline trimmed with bouquets of fabric flowers and pink, lavender and cream draped chiffon sashes across the front, embellished with pink satin bows and trimmed in lavender, pink and cream chiffon.”
Richard Avedon is a photographer from New York City. In Avedon’s photographs Avedon uses a clean white background and has a soft shadowless light throughout the subject. Avedon shot a few photographs outside by using natural light (shown below)
I am a fan of the lighting in all his photographs and it is something I will recreate with my Clean White brief. To do this lighting I have found I will need to light my model up front using a single key light in the center with a soft light source. I have also found I can also work with a pair of lights which are balanced on either side. I will also already have two lights in the background to evenly light my background which we have already learnt in class.
In Avedon’s portraits his subjects always seem to be in a more natural pose. He has been said of “finding a way of getting them to drop their guar”. In the photograph below of The Duke and Duchess of Windsor Avedon told them that his taxi had run over a dog earlier. It hadn’t happened but as both of their faces drop he quickly photographs and captures their expressions