I have always loved fashion photography. I loved it so much when I was in 6th grade I started tearing out pages from Vogue, Vanity Fair, Instyle and never stopped. I now have binders and binders full of stunning photos of fantastic clothing or style. My devotion to such visual fabulosity is so deep I want to buy a plane ticket to Michigan just to see Richard Avedon's fashion photography exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Organized by the International Center of Photography in New York, where it debuted earlier this year, "Avedon Fashion Photographs 1944-2000," opened yesterday. This is the first major Avedon exhibition devoted solely to his fashion work consisting of about 175 photographs, engraver's prints, contact sheets and vintage magazines.
Many say Avedon invented fashion photography as we know it with its incredible movement and pushing of boundaries. Today, you can't open a Vogue without a beanpole model jumping on every page. In Avedon's photos you will see this kind of movement, but far more interesting. There is depth to the motion whereas in modern day Vogue it just seems like a rerun.