If you are a portrait photographer, beginner or professional, the documentary "Darkness and Light" about Richard Avedon should be on the top of your watch list. In this one and a half hour masterpiece, produced as part of the 1996 "American Masters Series." we are immersed in the world of legendary portrait photographer, Richard Avedon. We get front row seats into his photo shoots and we're able to see the brilliant way he connected with his subjects capturing raw and striking emotions, making it look like the camera wasn't even there. Additionally, we are introduced to his inspirations, his darkest moments, and what it took to take some of the greatest portraits we know to this day.
Seeing this film at the beginning of my photography career played a fundamental role in my success as a portrait photographer. Many of the things I institute into my portraits today, come from Avedon's techniques introduced in this video. I learned to study and learn from the greats that come before me.
I've now watched this film about a dozen times. Each time I watch it, I walk away with something new. If you haven't seen it yet, and want to get your daily dose of inspiration, I recommend it adding it to your watch list. Sit down with your notepad, a cup of coffee, and get ready to be inspired.