Harper’s Bazaar Spain’s July/August 2014 issue celebrates 70 years of Richard Avedon and Harper’s Bazaar collaboration with four collectible covers. A collaboration that made history and created some of the most recognizable images in the fashion industry.
This year marks seven decades since Richard Avedon started to collaborate for the first time with Harper’s Bazaar. Marks, also, ten years since his death on October 2004 while working tireless in San Antonio (Texas). The magazine remembers the artist in the best way, with four covers featuring five icons that Avedon (Dick for friends), photographed during the years he worked for Bazaar : Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Gabrielle Chanel y Suzy Parker.
The most well-known fashion photographer was much more than a fashion photographer. Richard Avedon changed the history of photography.
He dreamed of Harper’s Bazaar before publishing his photos in it. “One afternoon my father and I were walking down Fifth Avenue window shopping. In front of the Plaza Hotel, I saw a bald man with a camera placing a very beautiful woman against a tree. He raised his head, adjusted her dress a little and took some photographs. Then I saw the picture in Harper’s Bazaar. I did not understand why he had placed her against a tree until a few years later when I traveled to Paris: the tree that is in front of the Plaza has the same crust as those you see along the Champs Elysees,” Avedon was saying.