This post intends to pay a tribute to specially talented fashion photographers that are not between us anymore, but their art is still inspiring and alive.
He was the master behind Mert & Marcus - his apprentices and also highly influenced by the French photographer.
Bourdin passed away in 1991, and the last 20 years fashion has been living without him, it hasn't missed enough homages. The photographer is frequently mentioned as influence by prestigious photographers such as Nick Knight and Jean-Baptiste Mondino.
Bourdin has been stated countless times as the best fashion photographer ever. Overstated or not, his provocative pictures are still inspiration for many photographers nowadays.
Horst P. Horst
The german photographer is known for his black and white feminine pictures. His photography was constantly published by the Vogue magazine.
Horst had a classic view of beauty and liked exploring feminine shapes.
He died in 1999 at the age of 93. His corset picture is still constantly used by DKNY.
If a photographers reputation was judged by the amount of tribute imitations, Helmut Newton would be the best photographer in history.
The pictures on the left were Newton's and on the right, tribute pictures made by other photographers to the cover of the Love Magazine. Those are two of many. He has been called the most popular and the most copied photographer of the 20th century.
Newton is highly acclaimed by his black and white portraits and provocative pictures.
Because of those provocative pictures, he earned the nickname of "The King of Kink" . In Newton's case it was a really positive, because he had his unique way to transform fetish and kink into fascinating pictures.
Newton died in a car accident in 2004, leaving behind his wife from his 55 years marriage. His ashes were buried in Berlin next to Marlene Dietrich.
American photographer Richard Avedon was best known for his black and white portraits of famous personalities.
His pictures are known for often being minimalist and sofisticated.
He is considered the most important American fashion photographer, and many times the most influential photographer of all time. He worked as part of the Vogue magazine staff from 1966 to 1990. He featured also many of America's finest magazines.
Avedon passed away in 2004 at the age of 81.
"If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up." Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004)