Tuesday, March 22, 2011

VERUSCHKA - RICHARD AVEDON


GREG WILSON - TWO SIDES OF SYMPATHY



“Veruschka Is the most beautiful woman in the world…”
 Richard Avedon
VOGUE 1972




“Veruschka is the most beautiful woman in the world. There’s just nobody like her. If she’s beautiful, she’s beautiful alone. Veruschka’s bones, her body, her extraordinary length have compelled her to invent her own person. There’s just no one she could imitate.”
Richard Avedon
VOGUE 1972





“Veruschka is the only woman I permit to look at herself in the mirror while I’m photographing her. The mirror makes most women aware of their weaknesses and, in trying to correct them, they come up with evasions, hiding arms that seem to thin or hips that seem too wide. Veruschka knows that it is what’s peculiar to her that’s beautiful and she works to bring it forward. It’s wonderful to see her searching for and emphasizing her irregularities.”
Richard Avedon
VOGUE 1972



Veruschka and Swami Satchidananda

“There are times during a sitting when she turns to look at me, or at the camera and, without so much as lifting an eyebrow or curving her mouth, smiles, challenges. It’s like the opposite of the Dylan song, “I’ll let you in my dream if you’ll let me in yours.” That seems to be what most people need. But not Veruschka. She’ll let you look into her dream but she wouldn’t fit in yours.”


“There’a a profoundly moving moment at the end of every sitting with Veruschka when I say, I think I’ve got it.” She looks at me with a startled expression that comes very quickly across her face. I once asked her what she hopes for from a sitting, why she needs it, and she said, “When I was a child I loved things because they were beautiful, but that isn’t enough. I want to do something with it. You make photographs. I would like to do it with my own body. I’m fascinated to see myself reproduced again, that there is no end of looking always a little bit different, And this is like a wine or a drug or something. You always have to have another one.”
VERUSCHKA
RICHARD AVEDON
VOGUE 1972



In the Sixties, the artist Vera von Lehndorff became known as ‘Veruschka’ one of the first supermodels to span whole issues of Vogue including countless covers.


With the 1986 publication of Veruschka: Transfigurations - she proved more interested in disguising her great physical beauty through morfing with innate objects under the precise examination of photographer and collaborator, Holger Tr├╝lzah


VERUSCHKA
STILL A GREAT BEAUTY



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