I was re-watching the Richard Avedon documentary on Saturday evening, when I caught something I missed the previous few times I have watched it. He made reference to a movie called "Funny Face" which he claimed was loosely written about him. This morning I went to Apple TV and rented "Funny Face" with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. During the initial credits I notice the Avedon is on the staff and provided the opening sequence pictures.
I then find that Dovima plays a part in the movie and they even named Fred's character "Dick". Amazing to see the parallels between the movie and what was going in in Harpers Bazaar. That got me to pull out my books on Avedon's photography where I encounter a picture of Gloria Vanderbilt. The image really hit home so I began doing a bit of internet searching to find out more about her.
I then find out about her son Anderson Cooper and then an entire story starts to come together. I had heard his mother was a famous socialite but nothing more. I find out that Gloria's career as a model started thanks to Avedon's shots of her when she was eighteen.
This man photographed everyone and there are countless bread crumbs to chase after. If you like to study the masters, there is a great deal we can all learn from Avedon. He took fashion photography to high art and every shot he took seems to jump of the page.