Famed Photographer Richard Avedon, 81, Dies

Photographer Richard Avedon with camera, Sept. 1984.

Photographer Richard Avedon with camera, Sept. 1984. Allen Ginsberg /Corbis hide caption

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Richard Avedon, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, died Friday at the age of 81. In September, he suffered a brain hemorrhage while on assignment for The New Yorker in San Antonio, Tex.

Avedon, who elevated fashion photography to a modern art form, was best known for his dramatic black-and-white portraits of the rich and famous. NPR's Neda Ulaby has a remembrance.

Interviews with Avedon

Listen: Avedon Discusses His 'Portraits' Exhibit, 2002

Listen: Avedon Discusses His Autobiography, 1993

Listen: Avedon Discusses His 'American West' Photos, 1985



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