The opportunities to access the celebrities and make their photographs increased for Richard Avedon with the growth of his notoriety. The public in general and the celebrities in particular liked Richard Avedon’s ability to present the otherwise inaccessible public figures in a distinct manner. A lot of celebrities sought out Richard Avedon for their images in the public. There was a sense of authority and sophistication in Richard Avedon’s artistic style. Most importantly, Richard Avedon’s skill of setting the subjects at ease was the fundamental secret of his lasting photographs. “A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he’s being photographed and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks” (Avedon cited in Craven).
Richard Avedon has carried a distinct style throughout his career which was unique in many ways. One of the most distinguishing features of Richard Avedon’s portraits is their minimalism because of which they can be readily seen in white backdrops. A unique quality of Richard Avedon’s images is that when they are printed, they contain the very film’s dark outline in which they were framed. Richard Avedon’s images freely move in his empty studio’s minimalism. This movement lends the images a lit of spontaneity. The images are often imperfect in that the person being photographed is only partly shown, and this imperfection in turn makes the images magical. Likewise, Richard Avedon’s inspirations are far distant from what inspire the photographers commonly. Once, he said, “Youth never moves me. I seldom see anything very beautiful in a young face. I do, though– in the downward curve of Maugham’s lips, in Isak Dinesen’s hands. So much has been written there, there is so much to be read, if one could only read”