Richard Avedon was an American Photographer.
Born in NYC to a Jewish Russian family Mr. Avedon’s obituary published in the NYT states:
"his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century."
He is well known for his photographs of pop icons such as The Beatles:
(I took these on my Iphone- the last time I was in Boston at the Museum of Fine Arts)
And here is a photo of Richard and Marilyn together
When the sitting is over, I feel kind of embarrassed about what we’ve shared. It’s so intense. Snapshots that have been taken of me working show something I was not aware of at all, that over and over again I’m holding my own body or my own hands exactly like the person I’m photographing. I never knew I did that, and obviously what I’m doing is trying to feel, actually physically feel, the way he or she feels at the moment I’m photographing them in order to deepen the sense of connection. - Richard Avedon - 1985