Richard Avedon Photography Composition Studies Avedon as more of a genius than people realize: Renaissance vibes (with ordinary folks) Saint Sebastian, and modern version: Closeup crop. Looks like a weeping blood Christian statue. Hand gesture Look at that hand gesture. Looks like a renaissance painting: Great images by Avedon Avedon like a painter-photographer with people. Or human photo sculptor. Avedon version. Much more real and raw.