Though Whitney Houston’s eponymous 1985 debut album introduced her into the planet with such hits as “The best Love of All,” it was 1987’s “Whitney” that pushed her into celebrity status. Believe it or not, Houston became the first girl to debut at number 1 on the Billboard charts, and the album stayed in the top slot for a astounding 11 months — a feat that has been duplicated after by a female performer, Adele, as 1987.
The pay pictures for “Whitney” was a stunning departure from the staid elegance of Houston’s original album that featured a picture by Garry Gross, better called the controversy surrounding his naked photograph of a 10-year old Brooke Shields. The lively picture of this lovely 23-year old has been inline with Houston’s pop-defining audio and amazing vocal ability. The photographer?
Can you think that it was Richard Avedon?
Avedon is famous due to his black and white style 8×10 large format photography, but he had been known to sometimes shoot colour.
Eddie Murphy, comic, New York, May 24, 1983 #richardavedon @rollingstone @eddiemurphymusic
Naomi Campbell, Pirelli Calendar 1995, cosmetics by Francois Nars, hair from Yannick D’Is, May 24, 1994 #richardavedon @iamnaomicampbell @narsissist @yannickdis @pirelli #pirellicalendar
Doris “Granny D” Haddock, U.S. Senate candidate, Democratic Convention, New Hampshire, July 20, 2004 #richardavedon #grannyd @newyorkermag #dnc #happy4th
Elizabeth Taylor, Beverly Hills, California, April 21, 1956 . . #richardavedon #elizabethtaylor @theacademy #hollywood #oscars
Barack Obama, July 28, 2004 Richard Avedon photographed Barack Obama, an Illinois State Senator, the day following his keynote address in the 2004 Democratic National Convention. To President Obama we say THANK YOU. #richardavedon #barackobama
Avedon did not invest much time shooting record covers, but he surely photographed his fair share of musicians and artists during the years.
Duke Ellington at front of this @apollotheater at Harlem, April 30, 1963 #richardavedon #dukeellington #apollotheater #jazz
Prince, New York, April 9, 1995 . . #richardavedon #prince
Ringo Starr, London, January 26, 1965 #richardavedon #ringostarr #thebeatles