Richard Avedon’s Grandson Shoots Audrey Hepburn’s Granddaughter
In a display of both sweet nostalgia and predictable nepotism, the subscriber cover of Harper’s Bazaar‘s September issue will feature a photograph of Audrey Hepburn’s granddaughter, Emma Ferrer, shot by Richard Avedon’s grandson, Michael Avedon, alongside a longer spread in both editions of the magazine. The original Avedon and Hepburn had a legendary working relationship (Fred Astaire’s character in Funny Face is said to be based on Avedon), and he shot her for Bazaar several times over the course of their careers, so the homage is on target, if a bit eye roll-inducing.
Ferrer, a 20-year-old student at the Florence Academy of Art, certainly inherited her grandmother’s cheekbones and her ability to wear an evening gown, but maintains that she is “interested in being involved in the fashion world, but not completely,” according to her interview with Harper’s Bazaar. She would prefer instead to become a professional artist, listing Rembrandt, Titian, Velázquez, and Francisco de Zurbarán as painters she admires.
Michael Avedon, 23, has been pursuing photography since 2006, and has done fashion editorials for Harper’s Bazaar Paris and Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book. He’s also active on the New York art scene, and has shot black-and-white portraits of several artists, including Chuck Close, Richard Serra, Julian Schnabel, and Francesco Clemente, all of which are heavily influenced by his grandfather’s legacy of portraiture. Luckily for both up-and-comers, there’s usually plenty of demand for artists with ties to the fashion world, especially if they have the right last name.
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